Fumbling through this... but learning

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by williamsl77, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. williamsl77

    williamsl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 15, 2011
    So I've got eggs in, now Day #5. I candled and can see veins on a few... about 10 or so out of about 50 (several batches of eggs from different sources). There was one batch of 36 eggs that was handled very roughly. Nothing visible in ANY of those eggs, although there were a few dark eggs in there. I decided to take those eggs out. One was starting to smell bad anyway. I decided that since I had taken them out I would crack them open to make sure there was nothing in any of them. I was right except for one single egg and it had a totally viable embryo with a beating heart. I feel really bad for it. Argh. I was down to the last three eggs in this group and I put the last two back in the incubator... just in case. They were part of the dark eggs I couldn't see in well, although the other dark eggs had nothing in them either. Several of these eggs were definitely already starting to go bad as their yolks were complete liquid. So, on one hand, I feel like I needed to get the bad/starting to rot eggs out. On the other hand, when do they explode? None of these other eggs had any evidence of life, except for this one (and who knows about the two I put back in).

    So... I guess my questions are... how long can you leave in eggs where you don't know what's happening? Are you eventually able to see something on the dark eggs? I'm pretty nervous about them exploding. And I'm sad for the embryo I just accidently nixed.

  2. williamsl77

    williamsl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 15, 2011
    Ok... bumping because I just want someone to tell me I'm not horrible horrible for cracking open a good egg. Ok... I'm just one horrible. I just read someone else's thread saying to keep them going through day 10-12 before you get rid of any, which I'll do next time. Ok to keep dark ones as long as possible as long as you check for gross smells. Just want to make sure that they bad ones always smell before they explode, right?
  3. BHep

    BHep Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 20, 2010
    Faison, NC
    Best to wait until day 10-12 to candle. I leave my eggs in until day 18. I remove them before lock down. Especially darker eggs.
    You will KNOW if you have a bad egg in there.... [​IMG]
  4. champer

    champer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2011
    San Martin, CA
    Please don't be too hard on yourself, you're learning and can't possibly get everything exactly right! I'm doing my first hatch, and I've tried to learn as much as I can, but I know there will something I do or don't do that will be wrong, so long as I don't make the exact same mistake again, I'll just chalk it up to learning. Here's hoping the rest of your hatch goes well!
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop

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