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loosing chicks, very hard shell, tough membrane

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Getting good hatches from all the eggs set except for 1 Wheaten Bantam. Just a few of her chicks make it out of the shell. I have opened a lot of the eggs and find a beautiful, fully developed chick that has taken up the yolk but died before internal pip. I thought they took up the yolk after internal pip and before external pip.

The membrane seems tough. I know her shells are very hard compared to all my other hens' eggs and much harder to candle. She has the same diet as all the others.

Any thoughts on this? Is it hereditary?

I feel helpless and awful about the poor chicks. I know they should be strong enough to escape the egg on their own, but I think these guys are being challenged too much!

She only lays every 2-3 days so I feel like every egg is precious

post #2 of 3

So sorry to hear your dilemma..   Only thing I would try is this::   If you are feeding them layer feed.  (which is ideal for laying hens)  I would give  her ( if possible to separate )  starter feed or flock raiser, or allflock, which is 2% calcium and offer crushed oyster shells free choice. 

Then look at her eggs and try to determine if the egg shells  are becoming thinner.   Candling the eggs of all, or just cracking the eggs when you are about to consume them  will show the egg shell toughness. 

WISHING YOU BEST :thumbsup 

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Thank you

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