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I don't think they will make it...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by LilBizzy, Feb 5, 2009.

  1. LilBizzy

    LilBizzy Chicken Storyteller

    May 20, 2008
    Maryland
    I'm on day 19 (or 20 depending on whether you count the first day you put the eggs on as day 1).
    Last week, I had only 2 out of 4 hatch. On day 19, the eggs were all moving around in the bator. The next morning, only 2 were moving. When I candled the eggs after another day went by, I saw the air sac looked like this:
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    I don't know what happened. I didn't have the heart to look too far inside.

    So tonight, I took a peek at these 4 eggs. Before y'all go off on me about candling on day 19- yes, I know. These eggs are so important to me, though.
    Two out of the 4 have the same airsac shape as in my drawing. In 1, there is no movement, but the other looks like it might be trying to break thru into the air. In the picture above, the dark spot, thats where I see movement. I'm very worried that it'll be like the other 2 and not survive. Temp is 99, hum 58. They were in a turner, I didn't hand turn them.
    Is there anything I can do to save them?( well, the one- the other that had no moment I don't have any hope for)
    Any idea why the air sac would be along the side of the egg like that? Is it air? It looks clear, not liquid.
     
  2. frankenchick

    frankenchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never hatched eggs (too "chicken"), so all I can offer is prayers that some hatch for you.

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  3. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    the air sac could be so big due to low humidity, and you might now be able to see movment now that they are filling the egg, be patient and leave them alone. Good Luck
     
  4. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I agree with brooster. It is too late to do anything now. Leave them be and hope for the best. On your next hatch, try higher humidity and monitor air cell changes weekly to ensure it is not getting so large.
     
  5. LilBizzy

    LilBizzy Chicken Storyteller

    May 20, 2008
    Maryland
    Quote:I have been monitoring. It happened overnight. With the first hatch, the humidity was a little higher. So this time I lowered it a bit in case it was the humidity. Hard to understand why half of them would be affected and the other half not. Ugh, being an egg mommy is tough.
     
  6. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Were these shipped eggs or home eggs? If shipped could be damaged air cells. Slimmer odds, but they still have a chance. [​IMG]
     
  7. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    I've had shipped eggs that looked like that and they still hatched. Keep an eye on them and make sure they are able to break out. I have some now hatching, I thought they were goners. [​IMG]
     
  8. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Day 6 and reading here I'm getting all paranoid.

    Guess I'll try and candle on the 9th and see where I'm at.
     
  9. COChickens

    COChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just had 11 showgirls hatch last night and they all had air cells like that.
     
  10. skand

    skand Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2008
    Odessa, Tx
    I think it's just an abnormality that sometimes happens. A bigger air sac is not that uncommon. Keep an eye on the humidity, maybe raise it a little.
     

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