Need Help--question about hatching eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by livin-green, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. livin-green

    livin-green Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This may be a completely ridiculous question to some of you, but I have never hatched before, so please share what you've done in this situation.

    I ordered some Ameraucana eggs from a breeder, and they arrived today. Most of them are the typical egg shape, but a few are, honestly, so perfectly oval that I don't have any idea which end is "up". I tried laying them on their side, and they didn't tend to lean either way, so that didn't help. I have an auto. turner in my bator, so I need to know which end is up.

    What do you guys do in this case? Just pick an end at stay with it for the hatch...??

    Thanks!!
     
  2. okiehen

    okiehen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 25, 2007
    Oklahoma
    You can try to candle them to see the air cell.
    Mark them on the end you see is the air cell.
    Best of luck.
     
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  3. livin-green

    livin-green Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's an idea. I've never candled, so I'm not real sure what I'm looking for, but I could always give it a try. Thanks!

    Update: after I candled

    Well, I think I'm seeing the air sac--does it look like a dark shadowed area at the top? I compared to eggs that were obvious in shape, and that's what I came up with. Actually, I impressed myself--as long as I'm correct in what I'm seeing--I had them all right side up! Go figure!

    Thanks for the idea!
     
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