Need more faith

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by PeiTheCelt, Sep 8, 2007.

  1. PeiTheCelt

    PeiTheCelt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I need to have more faith for this process, we were on day 5 and had both started wondering whether or not the eggs were fertile, *nothing* was showing, even on the white eggs, when we candled.

    So we decided to confirm for ourselves whether or not they were, and we cracked one..

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    Beautiful veins and a tiny little baby chicken. Who kicked.

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    I'm done candling.

    Unless they stink or explode or something like that, I am leaving them alone.

    Talk about learning the lesson the hard way.

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  2. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    I'm so sorry, thats why I don't try hatching chicks, I couldn't take the heart ache of losing one.
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    That's why I never crack one open unless there's a definite blood ring till about Day 14. Sounds like you need a better candler or you need to wait till around Day 10 to do it for the first time.
     
  4. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Sorry about what happened. But you have renewed my faith in people who feel the same way about their pets. Karen
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I'm really sorry; it must have been awful, but dont give up on hatching. It's so fulfilling and fun and rewarding!
     
  6. birdlover

    birdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    :aww I did the same thing many years ago. Forgive yourself as you didn't intend for it to happen and look forward to many more sweet little fluff balls.
     
  7. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I think most people who have hatched has done that once. It is a tough lesson in candling, but I agree with speckledhen - wait longer and get a better candler and you will have better results. I don't make any formal decisions on my hatchlings until at least day 10. Trust me on this...you don't learn unless you make mistakes.

    Jody
     
  8. ncgnance

    ncgnance Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did the same thing with 2 eggs on day 7. What a heartache!! I will not do that again. I'll wait until day 14 if I'm not sure. It's a hard lesson.
     
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    It will be ok. I've candled lots of eggs and if you don't have a very high power source, or are new to it, I always recommend no tossing till day 14 at least. You live an learn. [​IMG]
     
  10. thndrdancr

    thndrdancr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can sure understand, forgive yourself. I had brown eggs, and I candled on all the proper days, and I tell ya, I couldnt tell for sure, even clear up to hatching! It would be SO easy to do.
    I didnt crack any tho, except the ones I KNEW were bad, (some white very transparent ones and they smelled terrible after about 7 to 10 days). I still had to know, even then. Probably could have done without that, just smelly yolk...peeeeuuuu!
    I do feel bad tho, I murdered two when first putting them in the egg turner, those fragile shell ones, the two that were viable cracked in my egg turner. [​IMG]
    Hugs to you.
    Jill
     

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