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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Jfox0038, Mar 11, 2018.
could someone tell me if this looks like a live egg or bad egg.
Looks like an old egg to me. You could candle it if you think there is a chance there is a chick in it.
Have you been incubating this egg?
Is this for incubating or eating?
These were supposed to be silkie eggs. To hatch on March 9th. One hatched the other 3 are on day 23. Egg looks full when I candle it.
Was in incubator
The purpose of the float test is to look for movement. If the chick moves inside it will make the egg wiggle slightly in the water.
When you candle it can you see a shadow in the air cell at all? If the embryo has died it will look very black and sink towards the narrow end of the egg. There will be a watery gap between it and the air cell. If the egg still looks full I'd just wait a little longer - it may have been sitting in a cooler spot in the incubator. If you can see a shadow in the air cell that's the chick's beak having internally pipped. If you put the fat end to your ear you can often hear tapping (but listen for awhile as your fingers or hair rubbing against the egg will make a noise too - you are listening for a rhythmic tapping). I find those methods easier than trying to float the eggs. The air cell looks like it has drawn down which is a good sign.