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#98591 - 08/26/11 04:06 PM Re: eggs rocking. [Re: yes]
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On 21st day you should see the head in the air sack, or at least the beak pointing up. Have you tried with the 'dancing'?

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#98592 - 08/26/11 04:26 PM Re: eggs rocking. [Re: Wieslaw]
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Feather

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No I didn't try that. What do you mean by "dancing"?
If the temperature was low throughout incubation, is there still a chance of some hatching?

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#98593 - 08/26/11 04:27 PM Re: eggs rocking. [Re: yes]
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Feather

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There was no head to be seen in the air sack.

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#98595 - 08/26/11 04:54 PM Re: eggs rocking. [Re: yes]
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You fill a deep bowl with hand warm water(as warm as the egg), you put an egg gently into the water like a boat. You wait until there are no waves and the egg stands still in one place. Then if the egg 'jumps' on its own the chick is alive. If it does not move it is most probably dead.

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#98597 - 08/26/11 05:56 PM Re: eggs rocking. [Re: Wieslaw]
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Feather

Registered: 08/24/11
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I have been looking at pictures on the internet. My eggs look similar to those of a 17 day incubation. Could this water test harm the chick at this stage?

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#98598 - 08/26/11 05:59 PM Re: eggs rocking. [Re: yes]
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Feather

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I read on the net that "at day 17 the chick's head turns to locate under the right wing, & direct it's beak towards the air cell." Could this be the rocking I noticed yesterday?

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#98599 - 08/26/11 06:12 PM Re: eggs rocking. [Re: yes]
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Feather

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I just put another thermometer into the incubator. It is reading 36 degrees. I have upped the temperature. It's probably far too late for my chicks.

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#98600 - 08/26/11 06:47 PM Re: eggs rocking. [Re: yes]
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The water test will not harm your chicks.

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#98602 - 08/26/11 07:32 PM Re: eggs rocking. [Re: Wieslaw]
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Low temperatures in the incubator, usually only delays the hatching as long as everything else has been ok. Give them a few days more.

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#98603 - 08/26/11 08:34 PM Re: eggs rocking. [Re: Foehn]
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Feather

Registered: 08/24/11
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OK. I will give them a few more day, and then try the water test.

Thank you Wieslaw, and Foehn for your help.

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