When do you pull your quitters or intertile eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by gocrow77, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. gocrow77

    gocrow77 Crow's Nest

    May 13, 2009
    Central MO
    I was just wondering when others do this. I pull eggs that have shown no "change" after about a week. If I have trouble seeing into the egg then I give it a few more days. I do my "final" cull of incubator eggs at 2 weeks - just a few days before turning stops. Generally speaking I have been able to see clear veining in nearly all eggs by 3-5 days. I use a mag light that is very very bright. Shortly after that the egg starts "filling up" and goes pretty dark by around 10-12 days along.
  2. Hi! Usually, Day 6 or 7.
    If they aren't obviously growing by then --- they are out and replaced by eggs that might grow (I set eggs here every 7 to 10 days *snort* sometimes more frequently than that).

    With eggs that have been incubating a short time, it is still possible to crack-out and check if the 'clear eggs' are not fertile or there is some other issue that kept them from developing.
  3. havi

    havi [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Si

    Mar 23, 2008
    Waco, Texas
    Well Ive been using my broody hen, so I kinda let her do all the work. I have eggs that are due to hatch this Tuesday. Night before last I went out there and candle them and threw one out. I also use a Mag light and these are very dark BCM eggs and I was able to see through them just fine. The one I threw out was empty, but she was still sitting on it. I just tossed it. I candle them once, around day 7 and then for the second time just a couple of days before hatch. Mama hen normally knows best and pushes out the bad ones anyways.
  4. Rafter 7 Paint Horses

    Rafter 7 Paint Horses Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    East Texas
    Day 22 I toss anything that didn't hatch (chicken eggs that is). LOL

    I don't candle at all. My hatches are between 85 and 100%.
    I only remove eggs that have ooze leaking out, but I still count those in my percentages.

  5. spook

    spook Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    North Central Florida
    I candle at day 7-10 according to the eggs. Those I'm unsure of, I place in a different egg carton top to keep turning until day 14. At that point I toss out anything that doesn't look or smell right. Then at day 23 or 24 to dump them.
    I'm paranoid that I'll toss someone that is slower then the others. But I have also wished I tossed them out too!

    I thought I was foolish out scrounging around under the broodie hen one night! LMBO! I stuck 1 chick under and removed the golf ball and the infertile egg. She still had 1 of her own eggs under her, yet it hatched and died.
  6. killer

    killer Songster

    day 10 for me most of the time. day 7 if i want a few more in there and need the room.
  7. waibel zoo

    waibel zoo Songster

    Mar 23, 2009
    Sandy, UT
    I start tossing ones with no veining or change at 5 days. I always open and inspect. I have only had 1 oops. I opened a live chick on day 4 because I thought there was a death ring. Now I only take the clears. If by day 7-10 I don't see a baby floating and moving, I open and see why. I like to candle daily. It is a learning experience for me. I just reach in quick and close quick, look for about 20 seconds tops and put them back. I enjoy looking.
  8. Mrs. Glassman

    Mrs. Glassman Songster

    Apr 29, 2009
    Cedartown, Georgia
    I candle quite a bit too. If I see no veining by day 12, I take it out.

    I've also had an oops with one that I thought was a death ring. I felt so horrible that I've never culled one for that reason again.

    If by day 22, it hasn't hatched, I will cover it in a towel while I hold it and just barely prick the shell where the air pocket is. If it didn't explode, I peek in & try to see movement. If I do, I cover the hole with a bit of wax & put it back.
  9. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Songster

    I don't actually toss any unless they start to stink or ooze. When I candle at day 10, I move all the ones I think are developing on one side of the bator, and those that I think are clears/quitters go on the other side. I made a mistake in interpreting what I was seeing in an egg when I first started hatching, and I pulled an egg that was developing, so, since I only incubate 1 batch at a time, I decided I wouldn't chance that happening again. I usually don't make mistakes like that anymore, but . . .
  10. R@ndy

    [email protected] Songster

    Mar 20, 2009
    I wait until day 18 and only clear ones get tossed

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