Incubating chicken eggs day 11. Chicks moving slowly or rarely? Red flag?

lisamuller

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Hi, I've been incubating chicken eggs for about 11 days now. I candled them tonight and all of them seem to be doing great, big veins, the air sac its also perfectly normal. One thing that I do notice is that while I'm candling the eggs, I do see the chicks move but they don't move that much. I have seen a lot of videos of candling chicken eggs and their chicks move a lot inside the egg and they are really active. Should I be concerned? I do know that they're alive and developing though.
 

MGG

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Hi, I've been incubating chicken eggs for about 11 days now. I candled them tonight and all of them seem to be doing great, big veins, the air sac its also perfectly normal. One thing that I do notice is that while I'm candling the eggs, I do see the chicks move but they don't move that much. I have seen a lot of videos of candling chicken eggs and their chicks move a lot inside the egg and they are really active. Should I be concerned? I do know that they're alive and developing though.
Its normal. Some babies rest a lot in the evening. I find that if I candle early in the morning they're more active than at night.
 

lisamuller

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May 17, 2020
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Its normal. Some babies rest a lot in the evening. I find that if I candle early in the morning they're more active than at night.
Omg yea I kinda thought about this too. I only candle them at night. Thank you for the reply!
 

lisamuller

In the Brooder
May 17, 2020
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Its normal. Some babies rest a lot in the evening. I find that if I candle early in the morning they're more active than at night.
hi again, I just candled my eggs again to make sure they're growing, but I noticed that one of the eggs had a dark spot in the middle and the blood veins werent so visible anymore, its like they just disappeared and the chick wasnt moving at all. What can actually go wrong at this stage? And what can I do to prevent it from happening again? I have 4 eggs left that are doing okay and growing and I really dont want anything bad happening to them.
 

MGG

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hi again, I just candled my eggs again to make sure they're growing, but I noticed that one of the eggs had a dark spot in the middle and the blood veins werent so visible anymore, its like they just disappeared and the chick wasnt moving at all. What can actually go wrong at this stage? And what can I do to prevent it from happening again? I have 4 eggs left that are doing okay and growing and I really dont want anything bad happening to them.
Just keep your temp stable and turn them 3x a day. Sometimes they quit and we have no control over it. It's sad though.
 

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