Need suggestions on hatching position for shipped egg with abnormal air cell shape

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Nksg75, Oct 25, 2015.

  1. Nksg75

    Nksg75 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can anyone give me suggestions on this egg position for hatching. I am planning on leaving it in the carton to hatch, however I am unsure if I need to slightly lean it either way to increase its chances of pipping correctly.
    I am on day 17 today, and I have been unsuccessful with trying to get the aircell corrected after the postal system played drop kick with the package.
    I started out with 18, however the 2 in the pic are the only ones that made it this far. The others had too much aircell damage, and I was not able to get those going. (The ones in background I put in a few days ago from a local source. I will be moving the background eggs to another incubator once I lockdown.
    I am able to candle them without opening the incubator, so I at least have that to my advantage.
    Any sugesstions would be appreciated.
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  2. gander007

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    I had to go through my photo album back a few years to find this and yes these are eggs that went the Mail route and as you can see some of these eggs have a off center or ideal air cell position but believe it or not this was a great hatch as only 2 eggs were a no-go so just let mother nature take her course and my incubator is nothing special and it is still working even after close to 20 years of work .......



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  3. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    I hatched mine upright but on a very slight angle so the biggest part of the air cell was facing slightly upwards for the same reason. You have much better looking air cells than me though, mine were badly saddle shaped.
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    Not sure if you can tell from the photo but they were in cut off paper towel roll centre.
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    Stop turning them now, I read stop at day 16 rather than stopping at lockdown but also didn't read it till day 17.


    They both hatched fine.
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  4. chonsey

    chonsey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd like to know, too. I have some in the incubator with the auto turner,- same issue. First time using an incubator, wish I would have waited 24-48 hours to let them settle more before putting them in. I put them in lock down horizontal. Had to assist 2 out of 4 so far.
     
  5. Nksg75

    Nksg75 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you all for the help. Yes, I also read that same article, however when I needed to find it and refresh my memory, I of course could not find it. I actually am not supposed to put them in lockdown until tonight, so I am taking that advice and stopped rotating them. I will tilt them slightly like you suggested, and let nature take its course.
    Do you remember if the article suggested raising the humidity early as well, or just to stop rotating them early and follow the normal lockdown on day 18?
    Thank you both.

    Congrats on your hatch gander007, looks like they arrived earlier than expected since they were still in the turner!
     
  6. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Yes they hatched on day 19 but yes I took the photo just before taking them out of the incubator but I do like to leave them in the incubator for several hours after hatching just to observe the new chicks before putting them in the brooder with the chicks that range up to four weeks of age ............
     
  7. appps

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    Just checked my diary and it was 65 % at lockdown, I think from memory it was lower than the 70-75% they normally suggest because you want a larger air pocket for them to pip easier but that may have only been for the saddle shaped air cells as they could sit higher in the shell because of their shape causing the chicks problems when they try to internal pip.
     
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