Hands on hatching and help

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AmyLynn2374, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I don't remove eggs after a week and a half (talking chicken) unless they smell or leak. (Unless it's no brainer, obvious.) That late in the game, it's too hard to tell. I'd leve them in until the end. Now, I will say, I am not a duck hatcher, but I have seen many posts on here where new hatchers have asked about dark spots in the egg, or black spots in the egg so I will refer to the duck hatchers to answer what goes on when this happen cause even though I don't get into those posts, I see it frequently.
     
  2. caesargirl

    caesargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That sounds like a quitter. The veins disappear from the membrane first, yolk last. I leave my eggs for quite a long time, to be sure of death. To say wether you saw movement is hard to tell. I would in the future, leave them for several days after you believe they quit, barring smell or seeping. Did you happen to take any pics?
     
  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Dark spots before day 24 usually don't end well with my eggs. Usually means bacteria or a broken vein. Next time I see one I'll take some pictures. That said, I don't toss them, I'm like Amy, I leave them unless they smell or ooze.

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    X2

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  5. BigWeenMachine

    BigWeenMachine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yea it was definitely looking completely different from the rest of the eggs. It didn't stink until I broke it open and then the yolk was pretty stinky. Of course that could be the way all embryos smell since I've never hatched them and smelled them before. It smelled somewhat like a rotten egg but I have definitely smelled eggs way more rotten than this one smelled. Do eggs have that sour smell to them when they incubate???
     
  6. casportpony

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    They yolk shouldn't smell.

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  7. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    That sounds like it was already gone or had the start of something like "mushy chick". I am assuming that ducks too can get Omphalitis. I'd say if it smelled, it was out or on it's way there from bacterial infection.
     
  8. casportpony

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    Ducks sure do get "mushy duckling", got some pictures if anyone wants to see.

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  9. AmyLynn2374

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    Pics are always educational in my opinion!!!
     
  10. caesargirl

    caesargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't like the way eggs with embryos smell even when the quit is just hours dead. It smells just earthy to me, not rotten. It generally takes bacteria or several day dead to smell foul. And, if you did open an egg that was in the process of quitting (sounds like so) there would have been nothing to do to save the fetus.
     

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