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Floating eggs??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by 1eyejer, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. 1eyejer

    1eyejer Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    Prince Edward Island
    An eldery woman told me that they used to check eggs by putting them in a bucket of water(at 15 days) and if they sank, they were discarded and if they floated and rocked they would hatch, she also said that putting them in water helped to soften the shell and made it easier for the chick to break through...has anyone ever heard of this?????
  2. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    Northern Indiana
    I have NEVER heard of this! I've only heard that if they float, they are bad. [​IMG] Hopefully someone else can help to clear this up.....
  3. cackleberrylinda

    cackleberrylinda Songster

    Jun 6, 2010
    I have done this in the past. I had it wrong tho and threw the floaters in the woods... shheeeesshhh!! They will float and bob around if there is someone in there. But don't throw them out if it doesn't bobble because sometimes they don't move, just like a babe in the womb. And be sure to use warm water, as warm as the incubator because you don't want to chill them down. and get them back in the warmth quickly so they don't take a chill. don't wipe them off. I would take a marker and try all eggs and keep track to see how it works. Keep notes and records to check later. I have been wanting a candler but spent all my available cash on incubators and eggs and chick feed. Well, you know. Two nights ago I held my little flashlight up to the egg and cradled it in my fingers so the light couldn't get around it. I got a pretty good look inside that way.
  4. Whitehouse Quail

    Whitehouse Quail Songster

    Jul 1, 2009
    Yup, I've heard of this, it is pretty much the ONLY way to candle quail eggs.

    JJRM47 or something like that uses this method on ornamental pheasant eggs that cost $60.00 a piece, so it must be safe! [​IMG]

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