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Newbie Needs Incubator Culling Advice...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Kadra, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. Kadra

    Kadra Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 5 eggs in a Little Giant Still Air incubator at day 17. I have candled on and off... Tonight, 2 of them looked really viable (veins, etc.), 2 looked questionable (their "dark mass" was about half the size of the others and seemed more "fluid"?) The last one, a Black Copper Maran egg, looked clear but had a definite air pocket. One seemed to have a blood ring a day or two ago but I can't find one now. I am leaving town in the morning and my husband is going to take over for lockdown and hatch day. I hate to toss the questionable eggs if there might be *life* in them- is there any harm leaving them in "just in case"? None of them smell bad...
     
  2. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    LEave them in. You will have time to check on them in the days after hatch time. I"ve beeen wrong abut a few, so unless they are clear, they stay, or unless they smell. Give them another week before culling and opening. I have opened marans a week after hatch date and it was still alive. Marans are hard to evealuate.
     
  3. Kadra

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    Okay, thanks Arielle- I feel better. This is my first time doing this. :)
     
  4. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    I remember my first times--- unbeleivably stressful. Good luck.
     

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