Floater test confusion...help?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by kvmommy, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. kvmommy

    kvmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2011
    Ok, so 5 eggs hatched out yesterday, with no pips, movement or chirps coming from the ones in the carton. So I float tested... I followed the instructions but am confused by the results. All floated vertically with 15% above water. 2 floated horizontally with 15% above water. What does that mean? It never says in the results how it should float...vertically or horizontally. Am I correct to assume vertically means duds? I'm so confused.
  2. jm93030

    jm93030 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2009
    If the chicks are alive you shoud be able to see the egg rocking in the water.

    if the egg is just floating but not moving back and forward , most likely is dead inside.

    sorry to say that

    but I have water tested many times
  3. Baralak

    Baralak Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    I have to disagree. I float tested two eggs yesterday that were overdue - no movement, no chirping, just floating like still viable eggs. Since they were just 1 day overdue, I put them back in the incubator. Tonight, I have a baby and chirping coming from inside the other egg. Maybe it's just a fluke, but I seriously would not toss them yet. That's just me.
  5. kvmommy

    kvmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2011
    Ok, lets say they are alive but not rocking, what about how they float? vertical or horizontal?
  6. BigDaddy'sGurl

    BigDaddy'sGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    Wilkesboro NC
    I had the weird side floating recently too and I believe in that case they have pipped internally and the membrane has "shifted" so to speak so the air moved down the side of the shell. Unfortunately for me, and possibly you, all the eggs that didn't wiggle in the water at that point of over due were all dead in shell. Maybe you'll get lucky, though! Let us know!
  7. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    Quote:I had one float each way lol. Sorry that isn't much help. I had my last 4 hatch this morning - all of those were non-movers last night when I tested them. Have you candled them? I candle my non-movers and see if I can see movement or something that would lead me to believe they are in there. Usually a collapsed air cell tells me they have pipped internally. I am new to this though so I could be doing it all wrong.
  8. kvmommy

    kvmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2011
    They're too dark, I candled them but can't see anything and the air cells were pretty scrambled to begin with. Well, I'll give them a day or two but won't keep my hopes up. At least someone else besides me had weird floaters! I'll keep you guys informed.

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