GQF Problem

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by TexasLady, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. TexasLady

    TexasLady Chirping

    Mar 27, 2012
    I purchased a used GQF a few years back.

    So after trying to use it for a year with very little success with my chicken eggs, I called GQF and discovered that it was for Ostrich eggs. (The seller didn't bother to tell me that, and in fact, told me that he had been successfully using it for quail.) When I called GQF, they told me that I needed another motor which blew less air (therefore didn't blow the eggs dry). They said that it would probably hatch few chickens because it was too powerful.

    So I got a new motor. Hubby isn't in to my chicken hatching business, so he was very slow in getting the motor in. In fact, I purchased the motor a year ago, and it finally was put in a couple of weeks ago.

    Thrilled, I started eggs. I just candled the eggs I put in five days ago, and it doesn't look like a single one is alive. I cannot see a single bit of veins (which I should with my Cool Light Candler. Some were purchased eggs.

    I have purchased five thermometers. They are all Accurite. But they are accu-wrong. I have two that read within tenths of each other. The rest vary from broken to 108. I guess I'll go with the two that seem the same.

    I put in eggs from my own chickens and two other people's chickens. The first batch was put in on 3/30 and the second was put in on 4/1. I am really good at panicing early, so I could be doing that, but I don't see anything in the eggs. I can see a thickened yolk in some of them, but nothing that looks like blood vessels.

    I did not hatch eggs last year due to a death in my family and the fact that hubby refused to put in the motor. So I could be prematurely panicking.

    I hope I'm not a bad hen (or my GQF is not a bad hatcher). I am feeling really nervous about this because I ordered some eggs (after testing and checking temps and finding everything all right).

    Any thoughts?
  2. QualityPolish

    QualityPolish Songster

    Apr 7, 2011
    Well, it is only day 5. In the book "A Guide To Better Hatching" it says that you should be looking for an embryo at days 7-10. You still have 2-5 more days so don't be panicking just yet ;) Just make sure if they are shipped eggs that when you reach days 7-10 you check the air pockets to make sure they are in the right position. If you are unsure just type in it on google and I'm sure plenty of information with come up for you as I'm horrible at describing whats normal lol. Good luck to ya and don't worry it's only day 5 ;)
  3. I think you should be able to see something in the eggs if you have a cool candler light unless they are a dark egg. I'm able to see signs of life at 4 days most times. Are you sure your own eggs are fertile? Do you wash your eggs? How long do you store them before you put them in the incubator? Are they shipped eggs? These could all factor into them not developing.

    I would let them go to at least 10 days to candle, by then you should easily be able to tell if they are clear or not.
  4. cashdl

    cashdl Songster

    Nov 25, 2008
    I don't think what you are describing currently is a incubator problem. It seems like the eggs are not fertile. If they were you should still see developement even if the incubator is running at, at least 90 degrees.

    When you get your ordered eggs, don't wash them, don't put any broken ones in the incubator, and let them set for 12 to 24 hrs before you put them in the incubator. Put them in the incubator with the air cell up, and leave them till day 7. Candle them and determine which are developing and which are not.


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