The float test

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickalicia, Mar 7, 2015.

  1. chickalicia

    chickalicia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read here on this site about the float test and how to perform and the results. I have these four eggs that when I candle them two seems questionable and the other two look good. Can see veins. They are due to hatch soon. So a lot of black and somewhat hard to tell for me anyway. The ones that I see as questionable float and the ones I see as good sink immediately to bottom. They don't lay on side but big part of egg pointing up. So what I see and the float test says is opposite Any advice.
     
  2. chickalicia

    chickalicia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is this not good? I just want to make sure before I throw it out [​IMG]
     
  3. chickalicia

    chickalicia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone?.....
     
  4. lazy gardener

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    The big part of the egg sticks up because of the air cell. I would not do a float test on any egg until it is way past due for hatching. At that point, I'd be looking for any sign of movement of the egg in the water. Perhaps a little bit of egg wobbling, or a bit of surface water movement. The two you're showing look clear. Have you read all you can find on the learning center about hatching eggs and candling? Have you read "hatching 101"?
     
  5. ChickenJerk

    ChickenJerk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes.
    Forget the float test for embryo assessment. It is unreliable method in determining if the embryo is alive. It is somewhat more reliable in indicating if the embryo is dead
     
  6. chickalicia

    chickalicia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Iam sorry I should have stated. The egg I showed was not the one I did float test on. They are due the ones I did that with. The pic is another I candled. I can't tell if growing or not good
     
  7. chickalicia

    chickalicia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And yes I did read things about embryos. I just can't tell w the float test. Yes I read about float test here and elsewhere. But Iam still insure.
     
  8. chickalicia

    chickalicia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I still need my questions answered someone please.
     
  9. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    If they have veins and development continue incubating. I'm w/gardner in that the water candle should only be done after the hatch date. If your air cells are not growing (which can cause chicks to drown at hatch) then they will not float well. I would double check the size of your air cells and continue to incubate using the air cells as a guide to how much humidity you need for the remainder of the hatch.
     
  10. chickalicia

    chickalicia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    THANK YOU! [​IMG][​IMG] I really needed that info. [​IMG]
     

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