Incubating Eggs!!!! HELP!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by The Chicken Boyy, Oct 21, 2008.

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  1. The Chicken Boyy

    The Chicken Boyy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 17, 2008
    Charlotte, NC
    OK well i did some research before. So i got my dad to let me order about 26 fertile eggs on meyer hatchery. 14 golden buff 12 Rhode Island red. They arrive ok 2 were a little chipped so i didn't put it in the bator. I learned that eggs that move freely are dead chicks or not good eggs! so on day 14 I checked them and 1 was not fertile, 2 move freely so i tooked them out. I also learn to open and see what had happend for hatching experience. But when i open one that moved freely inside the egg it's legs were still moving a little!

    -And now i feel guilty of killing it. Can someone just try to tell what happend there????????????


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  2. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    I will try. What happens is they sleep just like we do. When you candle if it does not move, set it aside and put a pencil question mark on it, don't CULL it yet! Reason being it could be alive and just sleeping! We have done this and numerous times the next time we candle, it is wiggling like mad. Don't feel bad! It has happened to a ton of us. [​IMG] We all learn the hard way sometimes but that is ok. You will be a pro at it soon enough. How many incubators did you say you have? Make sure when day 18 comes, you have some sort of brooder ready. I use a rubbermaid container with a large hole cut in the top. I put chicken wire over the hole and tie it down with those zip-tie things and then put the heat lamp over top of it. Works great for little chickeys. Make sure you keep a thermometer in there so the babies don't get too hot or cold.

    Here are some great candling pictures.....check it out! And you are doing just fine! Don't be so hard on yourself! [​IMG]
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