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Moving air pockets?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by XxKiki_Bantam_BreederxX, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. XxKiki_Bantam_BreederxX

    XxKiki_Bantam_BreederxX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I candled some eggs today and while I was moving the eggs, the air pocket was moving too! Is this a sign they won't hatch? [​IMG]
     
  2. Griffin Nest

    Griffin Nest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    are they totally free and moving everywhere, or just in one area?
     
  3. MetalSmitten

    MetalSmitten Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it's called a detached air cell, and -usually- they won't hatch. =/ most of them don't even develop, and if they do, the air cell is so wonky that the chick has trouble hatching. it CAN happen, but it's not the norm.

    ETA - usually it detaches during rough handling or shipping. i've never seen it with my own eggs, i always get at least one with shipped eggs.
     
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2011
  4. Taylorhens

    Taylorhens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had several like that in my shipment of eggs, and none developed at all. But I'm not an expert. This was my first hatch.
     

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