Floating Dark Mass????

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Echoes, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. Echoes

    Echoes Songster

    Feb 23, 2009
    It is now day 18 for one of my eggs, so I decided to candle it 1 last time. What I saw was a dark mass that was floated to the top of the egg (right up under the air pocket).

    Is this normal? Should the dark mass be in the center? Bottom? Top (like it was)?
  2. selinagil

    selinagil Songster

    I think it should not move--It should stay in the middle--but I'm sure a more experienced hatchter will know for sure.
  3. chickedydoodaa

    chickedydoodaa Taking a break

    Feb 8, 2009
    Philadelphia PA
    I have noticed in my eggs if anything 'floats' it is a dead embryo, the live ones do move but are attached to the inside of the shell, I think when an embryo dies it separates from the wall and starts to appear to float around, take a good look at ai again and watch closely for any movement, also at day 18 there should be a very dark mass and then the air cell is usually all you can see, so if there are gaps that light passes through and you are at day 18 I would say that your embryo died at an earlier stage.
  4. BawGock

    BawGock Songster

    Jan 21, 2009
    Idaho Panhandle, USA
    I noticed on my day 18 eggs that they are pretty much filled with baby chicken.
    Did not see small dark stuff floating or moving independent of the chick.
  5. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

    Mar 3, 2008
    If you hold the egg very still while candling, do you see any movement? By day 18, the chick is nearly full grown, and usually you will only see something like a heartbeat movement, or a little bit of wiggling. If light can be seen in the pointed end of the egg, then it is likely that the embryo gave up at an earlier date. All you should see is darkness with an airsac, and minimal movement.
  6. Echoes

    Echoes Songster

    Feb 23, 2009
    Great info guys. I still just see that dark mass, but I figure it's worth it to keep it in there... just incase. I will post how it goes by day 21 or 22.

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