What is a Balut?Hi lasco! Thanks for dropping in.
Twenty four hours! That's a longer period of being cold than any eggs I've had that were that age. Sorry to hear that one embryo didn't make it. But it's really great to hear that 4 were alive and hatched successfully!
I figured my marked eggs would be advanced...but I had no idea they'd be ready to hatch. When I saw the one fellow had pipped, I felt bad that I'd taken them away. I thought the pipped chick might be dead. I was pleasantly surprised when they were alive! Like you, I wasn't sure how delicate this stage was.
I do remember reading when I first joined about someone who had Balut out for a day or two for a customer. When the customer didn't show, they put them back in the incubator and the had approx. a 75% hatch rate.
I've had broody hens play musical nests and they left the one nest unattended. The embryos were approximately a week old. They spent about 11 hours in 6C (43F) temps. I put the broody back on them. In 2 hours all the embryos were back dancing. Every egg hatched for her.
To answer your question about the temperature, I looked it up. It was about 70F that day. I left the eggs sitting in the sun and wind on top of the waterer from 2pm until supper and then I moved them into the kitchen. I candled the majority of the eggs at 2 am and put any that looked like they were developing...into the incubator. Most looked about a week old.
It got down to 11C (54F) at nights and the eggs were in pails close to the open window.
Thanks...I had never heard of this.Balut is a developing bird embryo (usually a duck or chicken) that is boiled and eaten from the shell. It originates and is commonly sold as street-food in the Philippines.
(I wanted to make certain I was accurate in explaining it.)