How to Tell if an Embryo is Dead

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by yemna, Apr 27, 2017.

  1. yemna

    yemna New Egg

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    I have had a 10 day old embryo in my incubator with pretty stable temperatures and humidity for a while now. What has me questioning it's mortality is that it is not moving like it used to on day 7. Everything just seems loose in the egg. When I candle it every time I move the egg, the embryo and air sack moves as well. I personally can't see any well defined veins anymore but I also don't see the dark line that indicates its death either. It doesn't smell or seem like it's rotting, but it has gained a few specks on its shell. Is my embryo dead or am I candling him wrong? I use my phone's flashlight to see and candle him.
     
  2. Erka97

    Erka97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It sounds like it's likely dead.. I would check with a brighter flashlight to make sure.
     
  3. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Sounds like a quitter. Blood rings are generally seen in early quitters. At day 10 for a quitter I'd expect to see a floating dark spot, no veining, just a dead look, almost hazy. When you turn the egg the embryo turns with it with no independent movement of it's own.
     
  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    :welcome
     

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