Veinage! I have veinage!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by youngbiddy, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. youngbiddy

    youngbiddy Songster

    Aug 2, 2009
    North Carolina
    Yes, I know that's not a word. [​IMG]

    After much fussing and fretting over temps during the first 3.5 days I took the GD mercury therms out of the GD LG and just went with the digital probe. I'm halfway through day 5 and I just candled one of my lighter brown eggs. I could see the attached air cell and a little dark blob in the yolk with a faint pattern of surrounding veins. I need a smiley that falls over in a dead faint from sheer relief.

    Please tell me that only the first hatch is this nerve-wracking!
  2. GAchick

    GAchick Songster

    Apr 29, 2009
    Pembroke GA
    I don't know, this is my first hatch, too.... Finally got a light bright enough to see in there. Still can't see much in the blue eggs.....
  3. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

    Aug 3, 2009
    It does get better...until hatching time.
    No matter how may chicks/ducklings I've hatched, hatching time is always stressful.
  4. youngbiddy

    youngbiddy Songster

    Aug 2, 2009
    North Carolina
    All of the Marans eggs (that I've candled) have significantly larger dark areas than they did at first, and my own Red Star/ GLW cross (med. brown shell) are faintly showing veins.
    I'm so encouraged, those first few days of fiddling with the mercury therms that came with the bator and the turner were driving me crazy. I was convinced I was going to kill them all.
    I may yet, I've got two weeks and a day left to go! [​IMG]
  5. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Songster

    "veinage" I thought it was French... accent on the "age".... like vein-ahhhge'. [​IMG]
  6. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    When *I* see veinage, I carefully put the egg(s) back and do the little Happy Snoopy Dance, which is amazingly similar to this:
  7. youngbiddy

    youngbiddy Songster

    Aug 2, 2009
    North Carolina
    I did the funky chicken. It seemed appropriate.

    When I came back through the bedroom (bator's in the master bath) I trilled, "We have veinage!!!" to the hubby (who's lying on the bed recouping from back surgery last Tuesday) and he said soothingly, "That's wonderful honey, I'm very happy for you".
    He's done a great job of feigning interest and asking questions; what a great guy. [​IMG]
  8. MuscovyMad

    MuscovyMad Chirping

    Dec 2, 2010
    Does it get easier.... Lol. The initial wait does but hit hatching time i still feel just as anxious. Then again i have only incubated 6 times. I hope the rest of the incubation goes well for you. [​IMG]

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