Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by IHeartPoultry, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. IHeartPoultry

    IHeartPoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm a first time emu hatcher and I'm having difficulty with my eggies loosing weight.

    It's now day 29 with 3 emu eggs I got from a local farm. They were 1-2 weeks old when we got them, so they weren't very fresh.

    Egg A and Egg B haven't been loosing nearly as much as they should be. They've been loosing roughly 7-8g a week, which is nothing compared to the 11.5g they should be loosing. Egg C is RIGHT on track and has been loosing nearly exactly 11.5g/week, I've even seen some little tiny shakes with this little one! [​IMG]

    In an effort to save A & B, I added a silica pack and a bowl of rice... didn't seem to change a thing.

    I'm out of ideas, and as the closer hatch date gets closer, I'm really starting to worry! [​IMG] I really need some sound advice from an emu guru on how to get them back on track, or if it's possible.

  2. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 19, 2015
    Eastern Shore, MD
    What is your humidity set at? I don't know much about emu eggs, but I know with chickens, guineas, turkeys, etc not losing enough weight comes down to humidity being too high.
  3. IHeartPoultry

    IHeartPoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    The humidity is as low as I can get it. It's just under 20%.

    I felt Egg C and Egg A wiggle about a week ago, not now I haven't felt anything since. I'm worried :( There's a terrible smell coming from the bator too...
  4. birdeo

    birdeo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2017
  5. IHeartPoultry

    IHeartPoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    I can't lower the humidity in the room, as I have some other animals in there that can't withstand low humidity. I also have a big bowl of air dryer in there, I'm honestly not sure if it can get any more dry without messing with Egg C.

    It seems like it's coming from Egg B. That's the one that smells terrible. I just always doubt myself, no matter how terrible it smells... lol. I'm about ready to chuck it though.

    Thankfully Egg C seems maybe to be alive! It sounds different when you tap it and it seems to possibly wiggle. [​IMG]
  6. mich9510

    mich9510 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 21, 2016
    Southwest PA
    I like @birdeo 's suggestion of running a separate incubator for the possible stinkers. it was my experience that the eggs that are losing weird amounts of weight are usually duds. your egg that is right on track is likely alive. I have not seen wiggling in an emu egg before day 33. throw out the stinker. that would be a huge smelly mess if it cracks or explodes. I am new at this too though.
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  7. gregbirdman

    gregbirdman New Egg

    Feb 27, 2017
    Oh no i have 4 eggs and there only loseing 7 to 10 grams a week i been weighing them daily but the guy i bought them from said 1 to 2 grams a day was fine am i going to have a bad hatch worried also i am at day 15
  8. mich9510

    mich9510 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 21, 2016
    Southwest PA
    The best way to know if you are losing the correct amount of weight is to figure out what 15% of each egg's starting weight is. for example if you're egg started at 600g 15% of that is 90g.
    (600 X .15). Your target hatch is in 52 days. 90g/52 days = 1.73g/day. Each egg will be different based on it's starting weight. Each egg won't lose exactly the same amount based on surface area and how porous each egg is but it should be close and it should be consistent.
    Take that same egg. what if it lost 2g/day instead of 1.73? At the end of your incubation the egg would have lost 15g more than it should have and you little guy is at risk for shrink wrapping. That's why weighing is so important.
    My recommendation is to weigh more often (every three days maybe) and adjust your humidity based on those weights.


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