New to Incubating, Need Advise :(

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Maggian, Jan 12, 2017.

  1. Maggian

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    My Silkie Rooster was killed by opossums..... :( ...... (The opossums are now no longer a problem). He was such a sweet boy (a member of the family). His feathers and personality was so unique and I loved him dearly. So in an attempt to save a piece of him in a way, I started collecting the eggs and storing them pointy ends down. I had to store them for 9 days. I ordered a Brinsea mini advance incubator (automatic turning and temp control) and had to wait for it to be delivered. I didn't want to make one and chance something going wrong. I candled at day 10 and out of the 7 eggs, only 3 were fertilized :( really hoping to get another Roo. At day 14 I removed the 4 eggs that were not fertilized. The other 3 were developing nicely, moving around, and the air sack was the perfect size for how far along they were, so I know the humidity was right. The only time I took off the lid was when I added water and candled. The incubator held the temps at 99.5-99.6 F. I even check the temp at random times throughout the night. Come lockdown everything looked great. I candled, filled the water pots, placed a non-slid shelf liner down, and replaced the lid. Day 21 has since come and gone. It is now day 24 and the eggs have not Moved, Pipped, or Chirped :( I just want to cry. Should I do a water float test or wait a few more days? Could they just be late because I had to store them over a week before incubating. Is there any hope. Any advice would be great as I am currently a nervous wreck, and can't seem to stop looking at the eggs waiting for them to move... I would rather not get them out for testing/candling if they still might hatch. As far as the temps and humidity goes the Brinsea mini advance has keep everything perfect with no fluctuations.
     
  2. DwayneNLiz

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    old eggs unfortunately will often be late quitters [​IMG] you could do the float test, but i would candle and do the tap test first
     
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    Welcome to BYC, i hope we can help you with other things as well [​IMG]
     
  4. Maggian

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    Ok, I will test them and see how that goes.
     
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    candle for movement, and check for internal pip, then tap test to see if it taps back or chirps
    the float test, make sure water is ~100*
     
  6. Maggian

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    Ok, thanks.
     
  7. Maggian

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    At first they looked all dark. But then I turn it at a certain angle and there was a large air cell. Please tell me I did not just shrink wrap my chickens.
     
  8. Maggian

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  9. DwayneNLiz

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    that is called draw down, its when the chick gets ready to internally pip the ac line does this

    do you see any movement?
     
  10. Maggian

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    They did not make any noise when I tapped them :(
     

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