What's with the air cell?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Farm Frenzy, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. Farm Frenzy

    Farm Frenzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm a first time hatcher...doing it for my daughter's science project, and I just wanted to know how to check the air cell. I definitely see one, but I'm not exactly sure what I'm looking for. Can someone help out a newbie, and explain what I'm supposed to be looking at. I've looked a pictures online, but I still don't get it. Does it get bigger, smaller....I have no clue!!!
     
  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    It should get bigger as the incubation goes along. What day are you on?
     
  3. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    By the way, where are you in FL?
     
  4. Farm Frenzy

    Farm Frenzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes ma'am, Florida. And I am on day 16!![​IMG] I have never read and researched something so much, and it just seems like every answer is diferent. On one website, it says incubate at 100.5, then another says 99. I know it's not much of a difference, but I don't want to make any mistakes. It's so close, I can barely stand it. I ordered these silkie eggs off ebay. Got nine, and only two weren't fertile....I think. The other seven have definite growth. When I candle, which we record for the project, the shadow keeps getting bigger and bigger. But I see no movement, does that matter? Should I see movement? [​IMG]
     
  5. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    You can't always see movement. You see it the best when they're 7-10 days old b/c it's just a little blob spinning around. By day 16 you should just be able to see a big black blob in there. The air cell should take up about 1/4-1/3 of the shell by the time they hatch. If the eggs were shipped the air cell is sometimes too large, but it still seems to work out ok. I love Silkies and they are SO cute when they're born! I should have Silkie eggs arriving today to go with the other chicken, duck, and turkey eggs in the incubator. LOL. We're having a swap/buy/sell meet at my house Jan. 17 if you want to come. [​IMG] Where in FL are you?
     
  6. Farm Frenzy

    Farm Frenzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oak Hill, just south of New Smyrna Beach.
     
  7. KellyHM

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    Ok, so I guess you're about 2 hours from here. Feel free to come if you feel like driving. [​IMG]
     
  8. KellyHM

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    What other kinds of chickens do you have?
     
  9. Farm Frenzy

    Farm Frenzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ameracaunas, and Barred Rocks.
     
  10. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    I love Ameraucanas. [​IMG]
     

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