I did every test I could find online to determine the viability of an emu egg at this stage of incubation. I tried the float test, sounding, and the cooling test. All indicated that there was not a live chick in Egg “C.” I got the courage up just now to open it. I placed the egg in a quart sized zip lock bag. I took it to the garage and, with a small mallet, tapped the shell to break it. The outer membrane was difficult to tear but I got through it and my suspicions were confirmed. The egg was just liquid inside. It was not rotten like the first one, but definitely has never been viable. So egg “B,” the smallest of the three is still in the running. It is still movin’ and groovin’ this morning so I am still hopeful. This phase we are entering now is the most critical according to my research. Many things can go wrong from this point to hatch. The good news is Michael suggested I order another three eggs and see what we can do with those. It is winter any way. What else do I have to occupy my time?
Here is egg “B” nestled in the Brinsea at a 97.6 degrees and 30% humidity. If all things go right, this chick should hatch in about 9 days. The more reading I do I find that day 50 to 52 is more often hatch day so I have changed it in my title.
Egg Starting Weight Current Weight Amount Lost Percentage
A Removed (non fertile)
B 532.97 grams 456.14 grams 76.83 grams 14.4%
C Removed (non fertile)