quitter at lock down, thick yoke - huge air cell

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mtngrl812, May 25, 2011.

  1. mtngrl812

    mtngrl812 Songster

    Out of the two dozen I received 2 made it to lock down. On the 19th day I could smell one of the eggs from outside the room the bator is in [​IMG] So I had to open the bator to find out which egg smelled. I took each one out of the top window to smell, took the bad egg out (which was too dark to candle very well in the first place) At day 22 I candled the one egg left and there was no movement and the egg had not developed any more from day 18. I gave it another day, just for the hope!! Nothing. When I opened the egg the chick had quit developing about the time it should have started absorbing the yoke and it's intestines. But I noticed the yoke was very thick on one side of the egg, so thick it look like and "over-easy" yoke??
    Could my flash light be that hot on the egg that is cooked it while I was candling? I know the light gets pretty warm, but is this possible?

    Another thing..... should the air cell be fully formed by week two? My air cells get big very quickly, I live in a low humidity area and I tried using a digital humidity/temp reader. My humidity seems to stay around 32% if I try the dry hatch method. Could the air cells be form too big too quickly and killing the embryos? The air cells fill the top of the egg and loop, making a U shape down one side of the egg. Is this too big?

    I have found some local eggs I am going to try hatching and see if I can't get a better hatch rate than with shipped eggs. So far my hatch rate is a big fat 0% Glad I bought some feed store chicks [​IMG] otherwise I'd still have no chicks at all!!
  2. mtngrl812

    mtngrl812 Songster

    any help or ideas please? [​IMG]
  3. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

    Sounds to me the egg was no fertile and your temps were too high.
  4. DebbieF

    DebbieF Chirping

    Mar 2, 2011
    New Richmond, WI
    I don't know about the dry hatch method, but if your air cells are getting large too quickly, the moisture is coming out of the egg. The air cells are in the egg from the time they are laid. I would try humidity at 50%.
  5. mtngrl812

    mtngrl812 Songster

    Quote:the chick was developing so I know it was fertile, all the eggs that don't show growth by day ten I pull out. This egg showed movement and was coming along great. My temps stayed in the correct range for an LG with a fan.....
    Can a flash light over heat an egg?
  6. maidstonefarmky

    maidstonefarmky In the Brooder

    Feb 3, 2011
    Paris, Kentucky
    I'm having the same thing happen to my eggs. I've left them in there for well over 21 days and when I crack them open they're dead and haven't absorbed the yolk. I've got the temp at 100-101 and humidity at 60%. Please help, I'm tired of losing chicks!
  7. mtngrl812

    mtngrl812 Songster

    yes .... some please offer some suggestions for us.... some incite into what we are doing wrong..... HELP!
  8. kvmommy

    kvmommy Songster

    Jan 2, 2011
    had the same thing...a bunch of my eggs I eggtopsied today had yolks have absorbed but it looked kinda whitish and leathery. I think it must be they died a few days ago and its just old. Thats my guess.

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