When to toss eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by LocoPollo, Sep 27, 2008.

  1. LocoPollo

    LocoPollo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am on day 5 in the incubator and I see embryo and veins in most eggs, but in some I see nothing. When do I toss those eggs in which I see no signs of veins or embryo?
     
  2. halo

    halo Got The Blues

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    I usually wait until day 10, to be sure. Its pretty obvious by then if you have a chick or a dud.
     
  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I don't toss until after day 10 at least, provided there aren't any stinky or weepy ones. By day 14 definitely, if you can't see anything by then, you know there is nothing there! Alot of people don't even bother until day 7-10, cause it is so hard to see anything. Good luck!!
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  4. LocoPollo

    LocoPollo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! This is my first time and I have heard the horror stories about the exploding rotten eggs, and I want to avoid that if at all possible! I guess that won't happen till later?
     
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I have been lucky and have not had any blow up yet. Granted I have only had 2 hatches so far, but I have had many that were not fertile in the bator, that stayed in there for 10-14 days, that didn't blow. I did have a hen's egg that I brought in, with some others, after she left the nest, that was stinky, but thank goodness it didn't blow!! I would think it would be much later though. I always wait til at least day 14 to toss, and day 24 to toss unhatched ones. It is a matter of preference, but I don't think anyone tosses at day 5. We are all desperate for chickies, and we give them the benefit of the doubt FOREVER!!! [​IMG]
     
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:The one that I had that was bad, looked like it had something in it, but it didn't look right for the incubation age. It was kinda milky looking? Somewhat cloudy? But it was not a solid form... Hope this helps
     
  7. LocoPollo

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    Quote:The one that I had that was bad, looked like it had something in it, but it didn't look right for the incubation age. It was kinda milky looking? Somewhat cloudy? But it was not a solid form... Hope this helps

    How old was it when you noticed that it wasn't right?
     
  8. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:The one that I had that was bad, looked like it had something in it, but it didn't look right for the incubation age. It was kinda milky looking? Somewhat cloudy? But it was not a solid form... Hope this helps

    How old was it when you noticed that it wasn't right?

    It was a hen egg, so I didn't notice until we brought them in, so they were at least 21 days, but probably more. She had already hatched, and we brought the leftovers in to the bator. I was real lucky it didn't blow in the bator. Other than that 1, I haven't had any get stinky in the bator.
     
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