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Seems to be clusters of tiny bubbles near chick in 27 day old egg

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Jo1313, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. Jo1313

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    There seems to be clusters of tiny air bubbles inside the egg of my incubating chicks. They're only visable when candling but i cant figure out what they could be - the chick has not yet broken into his air cell and i have seen no movement in the past 3 days, the bubbles are not near the air cell but around the chick its self.

    Has anyone else experienced this and had a healthy hatch? Or can anyone explain what this is?
     
  2. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are the chicks still alive? Is there movement? If not, I would be concerned of fetal demise. If the chick has died in the shell, gases are released as part of the decomposition process. Other than that I have no idea.
     
  3. Chickie'sMoma

    Chickie'sMoma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    are these chicken eggs or some other type of poultry? chicken eggs take 21 days to hatch!
     
  4. Jo1313

    Jo1313 New Egg

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    Chickie'sMoma :

    are these chicken eggs or some other type of poultry? chicken eggs take 21 days to hatch!

    These are duck eggs​
     
  5. Jo1313

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    Quote:I have not seen movement in 2 days, although the chick seems to have developed slightly more than the last time i candled it, which leads me to think theres a chance its still alive. Im far too frightened to risk opening the egg just incase.
     
  6. Chickie'sMoma

    Chickie'sMoma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2009
    Rochester, NH
    thanks for getting back to me about what type of eggs. i was thinking chicken at first and thought they should be already hatched! [​IMG] if duck eggs take longer i would wait a few days after they are supposed to hatch just in case they are a little behind on development. i've had chicken eggs hatch under a broody one a day at a time over a 4-5 day period.
     
  7. Lark Rise

    Lark Rise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I took an egg candling class recently to get my license to sell eggs and learned that bubbles indicate that the air cell is ruptured and air bubbles form beneath the main air cell. These eggs are considered a loss (can't be sold). I would imagine in incubating an egg with a ruptured air cell, bubbles could form around the chick. I don't know if that affects the chick's viability, but at 27 days I would consider it a loss. [​IMG]
     
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  8. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    I don't know if that affects the chick's viability, but at 27 days I would consider it a loss.

    THis would apply to a chicken with a 21 day incubation; 27 days for a duck though, IMO, is wait and see. Good candling!​
     
  9. Lark Rise

    Lark Rise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess one should read all the posts. [​IMG]
     
  10. okiedrifter

    okiedrifter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Duck is 28 days....I believe so give it a day or two
     

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