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Your Thoughts on "Floating" Eggs 27-30 Day Old Eggs From Under Mama

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by For The Love of Peeps, May 29, 2011.

  1. For The Love of Peeps

    For The Love of Peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi All Again,

    I'm Sure This Has Been Discussed Many Times. But I Was Wondering if "floating the eggs" is a better indicator (than candling brown chicken eggs) of the eggs being viable or not. I have read to inspect carefully for any cracks or pips before floating them. Does anyone have an advice?

    Thanks Again. [​IMG]
     
  2. Barrdwing

    Barrdwing Chillin' With My Peeps

    So far, I've candled first with late eggs. Three times I saw internal pips, and the eggs hatched normally within 36 hours. I have also been able to see movement on live eggs, even when they were nearly term (candle from the air cell end; it's the best way to see into an egg with a nearly term chick). I've only done the float test on eggs that I was pretty sure were dead. That said, the float test is a very sensitive way to look for movement within the egg. I am just nervous about doing it! [​IMG]
     
  3. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    I float test when I am about to throw out the unhatched eggs.. sometimes I will catch a late bloomer that way.. I like floating better than candling.. I seldom do either..
     
  4. For The Love of Peeps

    For The Love of Peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok....Thank You Both So Much. It's Very Hard Not Knowing if the Eggs Are Viable & Alive. Maybe I will Give Them a Few More Days. Maybe I Have The Wrong Date For Her Starting To "Set" As Well.
    [​IMG]
     
  5. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    I often see people post that an egg died .. they determine it by candling.. Often an embryo does not move as someone is candling.. I wonder how many live eggs are mistakenly thrown away..??
     
  6. Barrdwing

    Barrdwing Chillin' With My Peeps

    With mine, I look for movement and active blood vessels (which are much wider than the threadlike vessels of a dead egg). Also, if I see gas bubbling around in there, or leaky blood vessels (this shows up as clusters of small red spots against the inside of the shell), then I know we've got a dead one for sure. But it really helps to have candled live eggs at several stages of development: then you get a feel for what's normal, and what isn't. Sometimes I'll get an egg that I'm not 100% sure about; those stay a few more days in the incubator, and then I candle again.
     
  7. For The Love of Peeps

    For The Love of Peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks To All That Replied. I very carefully inspected & then "Floated" the Eggs Today. One quickly sank to the bottom. THe other four appeared to me to be "Low Floaters". According to what I read on "Low Floaters" they should be pretty much full term.

    So We Can Wait & See....Hopefully I Had My Dates Off....[​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  8. farmboydj

    farmboydj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so will low floaters still hatch or did they die in the egg because i floated mine and most of them were low floaters?
     
  9. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    when I float eggs I watch for movement.. It will quiver in the water and cause ripples.. some will bounce like a fishing bobber..

    to see what I mean, take an egg that you know is alive and float it..

    I think it works best in the later stages of developement..

    I never mess around with early developing eggs, so I have never floated any that were not almost full term or past full term..
     
  10. For The Love of Peeps

    For The Love of Peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    farmboydj,

    I'm not sure. [​IMG] This is my first time with her hatching eggs. Are you saying you had "low floaters" that had died?
     

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