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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MamaMarcy, Nov 26, 2011.
What does it mean if eggs SINK? I've never had them sink before...
Fresh eggs are dense and filled with fluids. that is why they sink. The yolk and white fill a good bit of the space inside the shell. Egg shells are porous . When they age, they lose moisture from inside the shell. This moisture loss is replaced by air. Eventually the air forms a bubble inside the shell which when it gets large enough will make the old egg float to the top of water.
I should be more specific...these eggs are on incubation day 22...
Did you mean to write "stink" instead of "sink"? If you meant stink..it is from bacteria from the outside of the egg. Also, an egg(or several) might have gone bad.
Quote:You're doing ducks right? Not sure about them, but with chicken eggs means not good as not large enough air cell to keep them afloat...hopefully somebody else chimes in
Well, yes I'm doing duck eggs but these are chicken eggs.
I have 4 Naked Neck Turkens who are on day 22...no signs of life so I candled, saw one tryign to internally PIP and the others no movement so I did float test. 2 of the 3 sank (not stank....sank as in did not float lol)...but they rocked and once I set them on the counter they rocked as if complaining. So they are alive but 2 sink.
Quote:I would think then they are close to pipping and in the aircell especially if rocking, as the air cell makes them float....Sounds good for you!
so you think they may have PIPd internally so are not floating?
Large air pocket they float; smaller they sink.
I would leave them in the incubator for now. During the last few days I never bother them. If they are rocking, give them a little time.
Quote:If they did pip internally, they have to pip externally to breathe if the air is gone or going from the internal pip. I haven't seen it, but if they were rocking in the bottom and rocking on the counter they are alive