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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by xxmj2002xx, Apr 16, 2017.

  1. xxmj2002xx

    xxmj2002xx Hatching

    Apr 16, 2017
    Hi there, I really need some advice and I've looked everywhere I can on the internet to find some advice and help but there has been no avail. I am new to incubating chicks and needs some help. I am incubating three eggs at the moment as I have recieved some over a three day period from a stables I go to. The first egg has been in the incubator for four days now and this egg is my main worry. I have candled the egg to see if there is a difference since day one, the yolk seems to have gotten darker but I am not fully sure. However, an air sac cannot be seen. Is this normal or should I be worried?

  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! Happy you joined our community! I am a hatching novice so I can't offer much advice but I see you've already posted in the Incubating & Hatching Forum so I will just say best wishes, happy hatching and thanks for joining BYC!! [​IMG]
  3. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under xxmj2002xx [​IMG] Welcome!

    Sorry that I have no incubator experience, just hatches under a broody hen but I do hope that the folks on the Incubating Forum were able to help you out.

    I also hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I don't know anything about candling eggs but, I think you have to wait a few days more before you will actually see changes. BYC has a candling chart that shows the typical growth inside eggs at regular intervals - that you can compare with.
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
  6. BYCforlife

    BYCforlife Free Ranging

    Mar 18, 2017
    [​IMG]! How far were the eggs transported? If they have been shipped quite a distance, The eggs may have literally been "scrambled" inside. Did you let them settle, pointy end down, for 24 hours before putting them in the incubator?

    Do you have an egg turner, or are you turning the eggs by hand?
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2017
  7. xxmj2002xx

    xxmj2002xx Hatching

    Apr 16, 2017

    I actually got my eggs from some stables I go to. They have a chicken coop and for easter they were handing out eggs, fertile, so I had a few and ive incubated them. I do not have a proper incubator though. I have a vivarium with a heat mat and a thermometer as well as a bowl of water next to to to increase humidity. I put a towel over the top to stop any escaping heat.

    This is what my eggs look like currently. I have been told that they may be infertile:

    Day 10 egg:



    Day 9 egg:



    Day 8 egg:


    Last edited: Apr 24, 2017

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