What day would you give up on them?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jsvand5, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. jsvand5

    jsvand5 Songster

    Jul 7, 2009
    Ocala, FL
    I have been incubating a couple dozen eggs since saturday night. All are shipped eggs. None are showing any signs of developing yet. How long would you give them? I was thinking maybe another day or two. They are pretty light eggs so I can see into them pretty easily when candling. Thanks.

  2. mrslb333

    mrslb333 Songster

    Jun 15, 2010
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    It depends how experienced you are at candling [​IMG] I'd leave them till they are 7 days and toss them if they are still clear. Some times shipped eggs can get damaged in transit by temps and shaking and there is also the possibility that they are not fertile.
    Fingers crossed for you though [​IMG]
  3. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    I would never make a decision in the first 10 days. That's just me.

    Haching is definitely good for your patience.
  4. jsvand5

    jsvand5 Songster

    Jul 7, 2009
    Ocala, FL
    Thanks, I'll wait till day ten. I don't have much hope for them though.

  5. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Songster

    Feb 4, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Yeah, at least ten days for me too. Just to be sure! I candle on day 6 and mark the 'definites' and the 'maybes' and the 'definitely nots' with pencil on the shells. Then I put them ALL back in till day 12. I know I'll usually get a few 'maybes' developing and once or twice with thick and/or dark shelled eggs, I've also had the odd 'definitely not' go on to develop and hatch out a perfectly healthy chick.

    I suppose if I got a better candling light I'd probably be able to tell for sure much earlier on, but I guess I like the element of surprise!

    Also for whatever reason, I find it MUCH easier to pick out the 'definites' and the 'no ways' by day 6 if I'm incubating the eggs on their sides and they're being rolled side to side by the turner. When I'm using a bator that holds them upright and swings them back and forth, the veins and tiny embryo are always much less visible...

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