Help! Did I kill my developing chick!?
I am attempting to hatch eggs in the incubator for the first time. I know this is not a good time of year to order eggs through the mail, but I wanted to try anyways, so I ordered some from Florida which had to ship across the country to Ohio in 90 degree temps.
The eggs arrived pretty dirty, but I read they shouldn't be washed, so I put the eggs in the incubator, candled on day 5, and 2 looked black inside so I opened them and they were rotten.
Candled on day 11 and 2 eggs were weeping and smelled awful. Performed eggtopsies and there was only what resembled a black prune inside each egg - what I presume was a decomposed embryo.
Candled on day 13, one egg had a little crusted yellow residue on the bottom, which smelled rotten and I assumed had been weeping which meant it was bad.
I didn't realize the batteries in my flashlight were dying since I had been looking at brown and blue eggs which are very hard to see inside anyways.
So when I candled this particular egg with the yellow crusty residue I only could see a saddle shaped air cell, no veining or anything else. So I assumed it was bad and cracked it open to find a beautiful chick with vibrant yolk and red veining. It looked like a perfectly viable chick to me and did not smell at all. So I am afraid I killed a perfectly healthy chick!
The more I think about it, i am wondering if I accidentally placed the egg in the same spot in the turner where I had removed a bad weeping egg the prior time I candled, so maybe the residue was from the other bad egg? I feel horrible. :( So my questions for you...
1. Could an egg weep, have some crusty residue on the outside but the chick still be healthy and survive and hatch?
2. At day 13 should the chick have been moving when I cracked it open?
3. How long would it live upon opening the egg? Is it instant death?
4. Could it have already been dead and still have such a vibrant intact circulatory system? It seems like it wouldn't still look so perfect if it was already dead.
Thank you for your help!