How long wait for eggs to hatch? Day 24. UPDATE graphic pics

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ISSOLA, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. ISSOLA

    ISSOLA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had my first experience hatching eggs.

    14 eggs set on 5/29/2010 at 6pm made it to day 21. On day 21, some eggs had pips.

    5 hatched on day 22. 3 hatched on early day 23. 1 hatched late day 23.

    So far - 9 hatched. 5 are leftover in the bator.

    Temp and humidity have been stable. At lockdown (day 18) temp 99-5 to 100.2F Humidity 65-70%

    Now at day 24 - there is not a pip or movement in the 5 leftover eggs in bator. I don't smell any rotten smell other than waste (nitrogenous - not sulfur) smells from previous hatchings.


    What should I do? Toss them? Concern for egg explosion!
     
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  2. mrslb333

    mrslb333 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've just had the same problem with 2 of mine. I waited until 4 days after hatch date, candled them and things didn't look right so I pipped the air sac end enough to see inside and both were formed but dead.
    Maybe leave it another day or so and try candling. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  3. ISSOLA

    ISSOLA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    By 6 pm today, will be start day 25.

    Hmmm......

    Thanks mrslb333. If 2 extra days in bator, does not result in bad egg explosion - I would be so cool with that.

    Still pondering....
     
  4. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

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    If they're not moving after Day 25, you should probably take them out and give them an eggtopsy. If you're worried about exploding eggs, slip them into a zipperloc bag, zip it closed, and crack them in there.
     
  5. ISSOLA

    ISSOLA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Well - this evening will be day 25. I decided not to wait for eggs to hatch and did an egg-topsy. The last chick to hatch has been more than 24 hours. I had no desire for stink bomb to happen.

    I have also read through many of forum questions on this issue, of "when to stop futile hatching" but almost always there was no updates, leaving the reader (me) a little frustrated.

    So here goes with my update:

    At 8.30pm - I put each of the unhatched 5 eggs into there own clear ziploc bags. I cracked each egg. Please feel free to comment on what each embryo's problem is, ie. external umbilicus, stunted growth, "shrink-wrap", yadda-yadda-yadda...

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    Egg2
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    Egg3
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    Egg4
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    Egg5 (infertile - potential egg explosion!!!!!)
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    I would like to learn from the experienced what could have precipitated each egg's demise (except for #5 - obvious infertile)

    I do note that the eggs that did not make it may have had some mild speckles of dirt stuck on it, i.e. residue hay/grass or dirt/poop. I did not clean them off because I read that I should not wash hatching eggs in this forum. All hatching eggs were mailed priority over two days. Good wrapping from Steve (mcspin at BYC).

    Sigh! - whatta weekend, but great learning experience. Now - please hatching experts - help explain the postmortem chicken CSI.

    Also, thanks Kedreeva for the ziploc bag tip!!!
     
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  6. mrslb333

    mrslb333 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good job you did take them out with no 5 could of been messy! I'm eager to see if any-one knows what was wrong because I had 2 similar eggs yesterday, I thought maybe it could have been humidity or temp problems? [​IMG]
     
  7. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

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    I'm no expert, but it looks like for the most part they stopped developing before hatch time. I can't really see what is going on in Pic #1, but in Pic #2 and #4 you can pretty clearly see that there's a lot of yolk there in the middle of #2 (or it looks like it from the pic) and spilled all over in pic #4. Sometimes they just stop and there's not much of an answer for that- maybe it didn't handle the temp or humidity, maybe it was a genetic issue, maybe it just wasn't meant to be.

    In pics #1 and #3, it looks like they made it farther than the others, but it doesn't look like they made it to hatch date either, which is typically a temp or genetic issue. Or really bad luck.

    Sorry for your losses! But at least you got a lot of them to hatch [​IMG]
     
  8. ISSOLA

    ISSOLA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    To be on a brighter note. Thought I would share my "live" chicks pics.

    The first lot of 5 that hatched:

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    The second lot of 3 that hatched on right (waiting to get dried off before merge):

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    The total final 9 chicks (after additional one more hatched)

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    A close-up of a few (see those fuzzy butts)

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  9. mrslb333

    mrslb333 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ahh so cute [​IMG]
     
  10. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

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    Very cute chicks! I have thought a lot about the photos you posted of the ones who did not make it and I am considering starting a thread or a page detailing what to look for in an eggtopsy. Would you mind if I saved the pictures to use?
     

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