Should I candle

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by pbjmaker, Jun 29, 2008.

  1. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    I set my eggs on 6/7 at about 6:30pm and I don't even have a single pip yet. Do you think it would be Ok to candle one or two of the ones that were 100% for sure alive and kicking when I closed the bator up? I'm just starting to get that sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach.
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It wouldn't hurt to candle them if today is day 22. You may be surprised to feel a pip before seeing one.
     
  3. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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  4. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    Ok I candled a couple lighter eggs and in one all I can see is the air cell this time of day and nothing else (but thought I heard a light tapping) That could have been household noises though. The other one looks like maybe it has pipped through the air cell???? The air cell is no longer a fixed shape and there is a "pointy" shadow and movement. It also looks kind of liquidy around the bird area though. Please tell me this is a good thing.
    Thanks for your help.
     
  5. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Maybe your temps and humidity have been off so give them a day or two yet...I've had chicks hatch out on day 25 before.....
     
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Sit tight. We'll ride this storm with you. What you saw so far is good news!
     
  7. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

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  8. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    i just think its funny that with this hatch I have been so much more careful about temp and humidity control and the hatch I did at school had a lot of temp swings and no way to check humidity and they pipped on exactly day 21.

    Sheesh
     

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