Help it's day 23 in incubator and remaining eggs pass float test what should i do

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by BackWoodsLiving, Nov 20, 2016.

  1. BackWoodsLiving

    BackWoodsLiving New Egg

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    We had just put eggs in the incubator when my dad passed away. We came home to find the humidity was down to 40%. I filled it with water and has been fine since. We had 2 chicks hatch on day 21 and 11 more hatch on day 22. We lost 5 of the 11. The chicks were becoming dry in the membrane and I had 2 wrong position ones. The last 2 I had helped with an air hole in the air sac and had wrapped in the warm wet paper towels and they both hatched out during the night. Of all the chickens that hatch they are all silkies but 1.

    My Orpingtons are not hatching. I candled them. (With our cell phone so maybe not the greatest light.) There are masses in the eggs. I looked for pips and didn't see any. I listened to the eggs but don't hear anything. So I did the float test and have about 10 eggs that passed so I put them back into the incubator. These eggs are my expensive silver lace and blue jubilee eggs that I purchased. Is there anything else I can do? Since there are masses in the eggs could they be hatching slow since the humidity wasn't idea?
     
  2. PeepersMama

    PeepersMama Living in a galaxy far, far away...

    If you aren't hearing anything, then they are probably dead. Passing the float test doesn't nesiscarily mean that they delveloped, it could just mean they are old. Sorry for both your losses [​IMG]
     
  3. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    I know this is a week old thread but wanted to check on your hatch---how did it go?? You probably have not gotten hardly any response because no one knows what to say. How did you determine the float test passed?? My first 18 days is usually less than 40% humidity.
     
  4. BackWoodsLiving

    BackWoodsLiving New Egg

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    I followed the instructions posted on this site using 100 degree water and checked eggs for pips first. Had water high enough to determine if they sunk or were a high float which they weren't. However none of the remaining eggs hatched. I did open them and had fully developed chicks in them. I am wondering if they passed the float because they had probably died in the shell very recent before the test?
     
  5. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    That sounds like a test to see if a eggs is good or bad for eating?? Many things can cause your results, for sure having to high of humidity the first couple weeks is one of them. Sounds like your eggs died sometime in the last 3 days being you had fully developed eggs.
     
  6. janelikesburds

    janelikesburds Just Hatched

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    You can use float test to check for heart beat for overdue eggs. No heart beat = fail the test = DIS

    It sounds to me there's more to do with the eggs than incubation methods.
     
  7. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    I think there is often confusion between the float test (which is used to test for egg freshness) and water candling. Water candling involves putting the eggs, one at a time, in warm water and then leaving the water surface alone to settle. If, after a few moments, you see new little ripples on the water's surface, you are working with a still-viable egg. It's moving within the shell and/or its little heart is beating enough to change the surface tension, making the water move.

    Not much help for you now, I know. I'm sorry you lost so many. Sometimes it's hard to say why they seem to be doing well up until the last minute, and then die. When there is an easy-to-identify culprit the loss seems easier to take but there are just so many variables involved with hatching eggs.

    Please, also allow me to to pass on my condolences on the passing of your dad.
     
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  8. americantasha

    americantasha Just Hatched

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    My egg is at day 22 and I did the water test and it sinks down, but when the water stopped moving, the egg wiggled

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    What does that mean???

    What can I do to make sure it hatches. My temp is 100 and humidity is 65
     
  9. Mutleycrew35

    Mutleycrew35 Just Hatched

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    So I'm sure I'm repeating something that's already been asked but I'm a bit confused. I'm on Day 23 of my first hatch, 3 of 7 eggs hatched on days 21/22 and are doing great. The remaining 4 haven't pipped. I candled them and everything looks normal, I could not tell if they internally pipped or not. I'm not hearing anything inside. Today I tried the float test. 2 floated where the air cell is and two pretty much sunk. So based on what I've read I should toss the two that sunk??? Keep the two that floated for a few more days?? Or keep all of them for a few more days just to see? Everything looked great at candling before lockdown, so not sure what happened. Humidiity was between 65% and 70% consistently. Temp was steady at 100.
    Just looking for some advice. I really had hoped to have more chicks out of this batch and am thinking about going to buy some to add to the 3 that did hatch. Thanks!
     

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