is it safe to candle my eggs?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BaileyBoy, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. BaileyBoy

    BaileyBoy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is day 22 and i can hear peeping but i can't see and piping. Do you think it is safe to cancel. I don't think so but this is my first hatch so i want a second opinion
     
  2. chickencoop789

    chickencoop789 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    NO! After day 18 is lockdown. Keep the bator closed until they start to hatch.
     
  3. sumi

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    How long have they been peeping? They usually take a few hours to progress from pipping internally (when you can hear them peeping) to pipping externally, through the shell. It is safe to candle the eggs now, if you want to have a look, but give them as much time as possible before intervening.
     
  4. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    You are in lock down and day 22 I would say keep a closer eye on
    them but until you see some kind of peeping and then if you want
    to jump in that will all be up to you but if you are going to do that
    have a water squirt bottle to keep things damp as egg yoke tends
    to dry fast and a squirt of warm water will help to keep it from
    drying out .......
     
  5. BaileyBoy

    BaileyBoy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what is all this stuff about if i crack it i need a damp towel?
     
  6. sumi

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    Once the shell is open the inner membrane can dry out quickly, trapping, or "shrink wrapping" the chick inside the egg. What you can do to prevent that is to bump the humidity in the incubator up to 65% or higher and keep it there. A damp towel or sponge can help with that. If I'm in a rush or need to get the humidity up quick, I wet some kitchen roll or tissue paper and put that in there, works like a charm.
     
  7. mccormack99

    mccormack99 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm on day 19 hearing peeping does this mean I will start to se piping?
     
  8. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    If you are hearing peeping already then you are just about finished [​IMG]
     
  9. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC! It sounds like you have an early bird. It should hatch within in the next 24 hours, if all goes well.
     
  10. mccormack99

    mccormack99 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am one nervous mama!! I am trying to sit on my hands as I've read helps lol but I am tapping my incubator and listening for movement hahah. I feel like IM in labor. Anyone else know how I feel?
     

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