Newbie....we are on day 3!

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by Jenni77, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. Jenni77

    Jenni77 Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, I'm new to the board recently. I'm new to chickens period! This spring we bought some babies at the local farm store, planning to raise them, then take them to the barn I board my horse at. Well, two went to the barn, but we became really attached to our two little banty's! Our golden seabright ended up being a rooster, so we found him a new home because we can't have rooster's. So, then we went on a search for a hen around our hen's age. We ended up getting a serama. Guess what?! Yup, SHE turned out to be a HE. So, we are currently looking for a new home for him as well :( Love the little dude! He's so cute and sweet! BUT....recently, our hen started laying eggs! Surprised she did because we do not keep a light on her or anything. The first eggs came during the big storm and were frozen. I broke those open to look for a white speck or a bulls eye in them. I couldn't see a thing in any of them! Well, I bought an incubator on craigslist, just in case they are fertile. They have been in for 3 days. I'm so anxious! I candled today and I swear I see the line that you all are talking about! The air pocket area! Her eggs turn speckled when held to the light, so it makes it kind of hard to see much, but I swear I'm seeing it! Would nonfertile eggs also show that ring on the wide end? Yesterday she layed another egg, so I broke that one open and I swear I see the bulls eye! It's hard to see, and even harder to see in the pics. I will post the pics and maybe you all can tell me if you see it. If it is so, I would hope that means that the 3 eggs I have in the incubator are also fertile! In the pics, I think I see the bulls eye a little to the left under the flash from the camera. Closer to the bottom edge of the yolk. What do you all think?!

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  2. Poetshens

    Poetshens Out Of The Brooder

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    Have you seen the roo mount your girl?
     
  3. Jenni77

    Jenni77 Out Of The Brooder

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    No, but they spend a lot of time together that i don't see. I've seen him be bossy and put his wing down and push her in the direction he wants her to go and Ive seen him grab the back of her neck.
     
  4. Poetshens

    Poetshens Out Of The Brooder

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    There is a high possibility they are fertilized then. I finally caught my Black Quail Bearded D'anver in the act for the first time since I have gotten them. I would keep trying to watch them and still let these eggs go for another week and then candle them again to see if it has grown. If you finally catch them in the act start setting eggs aside again in case these aren't fertile or fail to hatch.
     
  5. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pretty sure I can see the bull's-eye in the second and third pic but cant be absolutely sure until you candle.. Good Luck!
     
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  6. Jenni77

    Jenni77 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am now on day 8. I tried to candle. I can't see any veins, of course I have never done this before though. The air sac rings have gotten bigger on every egg. I did notice that on two of the eggs, when I move them around, the yolk rolls with the egg, and on the other egg, it does not. I wasn't exactly sure if these eggs were fertile. However, I cracked open eggs since the ones I put in the incubator and they have been fertile. I'm so unsure. This is frustrating. I'm holding a smaller L.E.D. flashlight and not letting any light escape. I wonder if it is a strong enough light?
     
  7. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It may not be...If they are fertile I would think you could see the veining, its hard to miss...
    I use my dads old slide projector and a toilet paper tube to focus the light through ...... brown eggs are a tad harder to see through ..
     
  8. yo burrill

    yo burrill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Banty eggs are harder to candle. The speckling you are seeing is called porosity. Thick and thin spots in the shell itself. That also makes it harder still to candle. If you are unsure they were fertile put in a few more and see if those develop. The little led flashlights usually are not strong enough to candle with. On of the new led mag lites probably would be. I just set my first eggs in my new to me bator on sunday so have a couple more days before I candle mine.
     

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