During the incubation of any egg (whether it be artificial or parent) if we get a chance to have a peek for fertility . We will. The "Candle" method has been a tried and tested method to see those initial signs of life at around a week of incubation, and there will always be a use for candling to show vein growth etc. However, it is quite possible that in some cases when trying to get a clear picture of embryonic development that the breeder overstays his or her inspection time causing heat damage to the embryo. Thick or dark colored eggshells can also be very difficult or even impossible to candle. When all eggs reach the mid to latter stages in development a well-tried method for checking for egg viability is to float the egg in warm water, and wait to see if it moves! However, recent research has shown that this method maybe detrimental to the chick, as the egg may become saturated with water. Susceptibility to harmful bacteria, which are sucked in through the pores of the shell and pass through the membrane may also cause problems. How many times have we all thought "is it still alive?" Indeed there have been many bird and reptile breeders who have mistakenly thought that "it must be dead, because it should have hatched yesterday." So the egg is opened, only to find the chick was still alive and is now well and truly dead. Disaster!
the last 4 years we have been working at taking the guesswork out of incubation.
After an enormous amount of work and research we are pleased to announce
the arrival of Buddy, the first digital egg monitor in the world. Using
infrared transmitters and sensors Buddy is capable of amplifying the cardiovascular
signal of an embryo with in the egg by as much as 20,000 times. This allows
you to detect the actual heartbeat of the embryo as early as 5 days after
incubation has started. Simply place the egg on the sensor pad at the
bottom of the egg compartment, close the lid and press the "on"
button. You will instantly be given information from the onboard screen
via a flashing heart, Pulse readout, and three-digit heart rate. (You
will be amazed how rapid a chick's heart beats)! The monitor will also
indicate movement of the chick with in the egg. When the chick settles
the readout reverts back to heart rate. If the chick is not alive Buddy
will let you know, showing a black still heart, a flat Pulse line and
zero heart rate readout. Buddy is mains or battery operated so can be
taken out to your aviary to check any egg, or if your work is in the field
of conservation, you can take Buddy anywhere you go, even up the tallest
of the Rain-forest trees or the most remote island! You will wonder how
you ever got by in the past without your Buddy!!
It really is that easy.
When the display shows a flashing heart, this indicates the detection of a heart beat. The three digit number represents the pulse rate of the chick.
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