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lots of air space in eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by heathersboers, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. heathersboers

    heathersboers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My light sussex off e-bay are in the bator on day 10- some are good- but some -that are developing have a lot of "air space" in them- I can see where the chick is developing, but almost half the egg is empty. My eggs are as far along and in the same bator but they only have a small space at the top. Do you think they will make it with all that space? and why did this happen? Old eggs?
     
  2. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

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    low humidity I think.

    What is your humidity reading?
     
  3. heathersboers

    heathersboers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it is 47-they are the only eggs doing it- the rest are fine...
     
  4. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

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    maybe someone with more experience can make a suggestion. With 47% humidity the air cells should not be taking up half of the egg.
     
  5. ICanSpeakChicken

    ICanSpeakChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    It could be possible they are older eggs, im not sure without looking it up but I think as an egg ages the air space gets bigger, when incubating the air space can get to about 1/3 the size of the egg.
     
  6. heathersboers

    heathersboers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it is about 1/3rd now. They are still forming so I guess ill wait it out- I will be surprised if any hatch:(
     
  7. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If i'm understanding correctly - that it's the shipped eggs that have larger air space, and your home grown eggs that have a smaller air space - then i would assume that the shipped eggs simply had longer to evaporate before you put them in the incubator.
     
  8. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm Premium Member

    Very dry air during shipping.
     
  9. heathersboers

    heathersboers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    can they still hatch??[​IMG]
     
  10. minihorse927

    minihorse927 Whipper snapper Premium Member

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    They can still hatch, the first time I ever incubated eggs I knew nothing of humidity and the ar cells ended up almost half of the egg and all but 2 of the 12 chicks hatched. The 2 that did not hatch died about day 16or17.
     

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