Help! determine age of incubation

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  1. Wuick

    Wuick In the Brooder

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    Hello everyone!
    I had a broody hen who kept changing nests so I took her eggs and threw them in the incubator. I think I have a bit of a staggered hatch and I am not 100% sure how old these chicks are because she was on and off the nest for days (along with another broody momma).
    I just candled them all and everyone is alive and jumping around inside their eggs.
    This is my first time incubating and I am afraid I will miss lockdown or lockdown too early. ANY help estimating age would be very much appreciated.

     
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    The last picture of yours...are you seeing veining and movement in it?
     
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    I am seeing veining and movement in all of the eggs. That last one was an orpington egg and for some reason the darker eggs are showing better. They are all about the same. The Orpington might be a couple days behind the others.
     
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    That video was day twelve.
    Scroll a few more posts down and look at a day 14 video.

    My guess is somewhere between day 11-13.
     
  7. Wuick

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    Thank you so much! That looks pretty accurate. If you are unsure of the exact day do you lockdown early? If so, do you change lockdown in any way?
     
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    Turning the eggs is more important in the beginning of incubation.
    It won't hurt a bit to stop turning a day or two early.

    I'd stop turning earlier rather than later.


    What incubator are you using and do you have a separately bought calibrated thermometer in it?
     
  9. Wuick

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    I have a little giant deluxe with a turner. I do not have a second, calibrated thermometer but I can certainly pick one up.
     
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