The egg situation

The egg situation

The egg situation so far

Before setting the eggs in the incubator and with Snowy, I gave them an ID and weighed them, logging the weights onto a sheet of paper.

This evening I decided to take the top off the incubator and candle the eggs with the torch to see what’s going on.  We’re now 4 days in and I candled at this point on the last eggs and saw development on the viable eggs.  I couldn’t resist!

Exposing the eggs for the first time in 4 days

There’s something uncomfortable about taking the top off the incubator, it feels like it’s compromising the possibility off the eggs developing correctly.  That’s not the case though and reports have shown that daily cooling of the eggs is beneficial – it mimics the hen getting off to sort herself out.  The incubator even has a feature where it will cool off for a programmed period once a day, we have that turned off at the moment.

I’ve been shining the torch through the incubator casing to try and peep into the eggs but it’s shown nothing.  So, with the top off, I went round each egg and held the torch against it.

The first egg was number 8 and is developing good!  The spider like veins are well developed and the embryo was relatively large, the heart beating is clearly visible.  Egg number 10 was next and has similar development, amazing!

Great development in egg number 10

Out of the seven eggs in the incubator there are 3 non developers, I’ve left them in for now and will check on Saturday, the official candle and weigh day, removing them if they are definitely duds.

We then went out to check the situation with the 5 eggs Snowy has.  Only two of hers seem to be duds and three are developing well, one embryo was larger than the other two.  This is great!

So out of 12 eggs we have 7 developing embryos.  Hopefully all will hatch but even if we lost a couple that would be 5 ducklings.  We have fingers crossed that Snowy will successfully incubate her eggs and sit until the end.  I’m hopeful that once she can feel movement in the eggs, she will know to stay put.

Here’s the current egg-log:

EGG LOCATION 21-Apr
WEIGHT
25-Apr
CANDLE
#7 INCUBATOR 60g DUD
#8 INCUBATOR 58g EXCELLENT
#9 INCUBATOR 61g DUD
#10 INCUBATOR 55g EXCELLENT
#11 INCUBATOR 54g GOOD
#12 INCUBATOR 56g GOOD
#13 SNOWY 54g DUD
#14 INCUBATOR 44g DUD
#15 SNOWY 48g GOOD
#16 SNOWY 52g EXCELLENT
#17 SNOWY 51g DUD
#18 SNOWY 51g GOOD

I haven’t tried to find any patterns yet.  We did wonder whether the larger embryos are from one set of parents and the smaller developed embryos from others.

Ideally we would somehow keep track of which egg each duckling hatches from, you can do this by separating the eggs into areas within the incubator on hatch day, so the duckling stays in the same compartment as his shell.  It might be tricky to achieve with our incubator though.

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