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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:47 pm 
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I have my second batch of eggs currently in my incubator. I decided (just for fun) to also put a double yoker in to see what would happen and guess what? When I did my first candling session at 7 days it clearly showed 2 embryos developing. I couldn't believe my eyes. I've now canlded at 14 days and they are both developing and moving still. Will they reach hatch date? Has anyone else ever hatched twins in an incubator? Is this rare? Any responses based on experience would be appreciated. If there's anything special I need to do to increase their chances of survival I'd also like to know. Many thanks in advance.


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Generally, they don't hatch even if they develop. They can't turn properly at the end and they're not positioned correctly to pip into the air space and get out at the right time. I've left developing double yolkers in and they never hatch on their own.

But someone posted a link to a youtube video that showed someone assisting some twin chicks to hatch. It was quite amazing. The person was very careful and knew what they were doing and got the two chicks out. So it is possible.

Have a search and have a look at it. This could be it, or it was something like this anyway. http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=S1ZeEY-kt7A

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Good luck with it. From stories I have heard, generally either only 1 or neither chicks survive. I hope yours make it, it would be something really special if they did :)

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Timbo, who is a member here from the UK, hatched twins once. He apparently hadn't candled and didn't even realise there was a double yolker, but he ended up with one more chick than there were eggs (unless he was lying to me of course! :lol: ) But mostly one or both die.

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unless her was lying to me of course!


I am part of that forum where that lady hatched the twin eggs (the youtube link above) and when she claimed that she had (and hadn't had the chance to load up the video link yet), there were a few in that forum that accused her of lying...and just making it up to get attention - doubting Thomases - unless I see I won't believe...of course after she loaded up that video a while later, she shut them up...and I believe the mods actually went back to clean up that thread of all the accusatory remarks to this poor lady. :roll:

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That video was fantastic! I don't really doubt Timbo (much!). He is given to practical jokes but is a good bloke! :mrgreen:

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Yeah, that video is insane! Totally amazing. The lady keeps saying "i'm a nervous wreck" and I don't blame her! I could never do that, my fingers would be trembling way too much

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WOW!
That is absolutley incredible.
I have never seen anything like it.
My heart was in my mouth the whole time.
AMAZING!

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in a previous life farming emus, I had a friend that hatched identical twin emus from a double yoker. They were physicaly perfect apart from being undersize at hatching. And yes, each emu looks different, I had nearly 100 and I could identify almost every one from its facial features and build. Pathetic really. :lol: :lol:

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