when to float eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jrfadfarm, Feb 27, 2015.

  1. jrfadfarm

    jrfadfarm Out Of The Brooder

    We've successfully gotten to day 23 with our diy incubator. we have a 2 day old chick and a chick that pipped all day yesterday and finally emerged around 3-4 am. One more egg sits, no pip. I've read that you can float them in water, to see if they are still viable, but i dont know when that point is? The "Raising Happy Chickens" lady has said that she's had a chick wait til day 25 to hatch, so im not worried, but kinda worried. this is my first season with chickens ever and our first at home, diy incubator (any chicks were awesome!)

    any ideas or suggestions?
     
  2. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    As long as you candle first to make sure they have not internally pipped, you can water candle, or float test them at any point.
     
  3. jrfadfarm

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    but we are still on lockdown...is this a concern?
     
  4. AmyLynn2374

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    If you have no eggs pipping, no. Just make sure that if you seen any sign of life, when you put the eggs back in the bator get your humidity back up.
     
  5. jrfadfarm

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    no pipping - no movement. do i scrap it, or give it a few days?
     
  6. AmyLynn2374

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    You water candled?
     
  7. jrfadfarm

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    I light candled. i shall water candle now. ;)
     
  8. jrfadfarm

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    Float test...no movement...
     
  9. AmyLynn2374

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    I, personally, would tap a hole into the egg's air cell and stick my finger in to touch the membrane and see if it moves, if not, I would go ahead and eggtopsy it. With the other two hatching chances are that one didn't make it.
     
  10. jrfadfarm

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    eggtopsy complete. She was almost fully developed...yolk was 98% absorbed. :(
     

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