"Ring of Death"

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by purplechicken7, May 24, 2016.

  1. purplechicken7

    purplechicken7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2016
    North Carolina
    My Coop
    I'm new here and I joined the site to learn more about raising chickens. I recently acquired some hatching black & lavender Bantam Cochin eggs, along with some mixed breed eggs. The bantam eggs are on day 7 and the mixed are on day 6. My eggs are currently in a Little Giant Still Air incubator and the temperature stays at 99.5 Fahrenheit and the humidity relatively stays at 50%. I have been noticing that some eggs develop a "ring" with no obvious signs of veins. I have included a couple of photos to show the rings which I am describing from two different bantam eggs. Could anyone help me identify whether or not this is the "ring of death?"


  2. TurksPoultry

    TurksPoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2016
    First :welcome !

    Then sadly Yes, those do look like blood rings. Those styrobators are sort of difficult to use. The most important thing for it is a stable environment, if u can stuff it in a closet that won't be opened unless ur tending the bator, or a spare room, whatever, it makes a big difference.

    If your ever in doubt tho, u can leave the egg in, and continue to watch it, unless it stinks. That way you can learn what Exactly it looks like to You. Another approach I still use is to cook the 'clears' I pull to cook for the birds. This way I crack open every 'clear' and it allows me a measure of sureity so I know exactly what I'm tossing. Stinkers or leakers should be pulled immediately, or else you might have a rotten egg explode in your incubator, nuff said? :sick

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