Worried about incubation disastor.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by GD91, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. GD91

    GD91 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi everyone. Here's the story:

    I was right in the middle of incubating 4 bantam eggs when a breeder got in touch with me over an order I'd made about 3 weeks ago. I'd got in touch previously by email 2 weeks before & not recieved a reply so assuming I had lost my money i ordered more eggs from somewhere else. Next thing she phoned & told me there was a mixup & my eggs had been dispatched that morning!

    2 Days later the eggs arrive. I let them sit & put them in the bator.

    The problem came when the older rocking eggs had to go in lockdown & with one incubator I had to make the decision to put the older eggs first (I now have 3 chicks thanks to that decision) & locked down the incubator with ALL the eggs in there. So those four eggs didn't get turned for 5 days & because the lockdown & hatch was taking so long I removed them & put them into a bodged homemade incubator which kept having drastic temp fluctuations for about 48 hours.

    To cut a long story shorter when I last candled them after the others hatched the eggs were completely dark inside, but there was no sigh of any veins or movement.
    Have I messed up that hatch? I think I have.

    I'm not too upset, just glad the others made it into the world because I chose to lockdown.

    Thanks
     
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Well, if you can't see veins, your eggs are probably, and unfortunately, dead. [​IMG] Don't lose hope for them yet, though. You might just not be seeing veins.
     
  3. GD91

    GD91 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They have slightly darker shells than the last lot [​IMG] But it shouldn't matter, its my 3rd time candling a clutch & I know what i'm looking for, I just don't see it. [​IMG] They aren't THAT dark.

    I opened the incubator & one of the eggs stinks, plus the whole incubator smells.

    I don't know if its the smell left over from the hatch (I did wipe out the base etc) or the incubating eggs getting the smell from the incubator. Something stinks though [​IMG]

    I don't know whether to just chuck them to be honest, somethings telling me they have had it & I would be better giving the incubator a decent clean & reordering more hatching eggs.

    [​IMG]
    P.S my chicks are doing really well & have imprinted on me. [​IMG]
     

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