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Is this egg hatching??

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I was out checking on the chickens and thought I would check in on the broodies.  I took an egg, candled it, (it is full, so I assume ready to hatch.)  When I put it back, one of the broodies moved slightly, I heard a "pop" and when I looked, another of the eggs had cracked.  I can see that there is a chick in it, but there is a membrane covering the chick.  Is it hatching, or did she break it when she moved?  And if she broke it, should I remove it...or let it go and see what happens?

 

PS...the broodies are in the same next box.  They insist on sitting together.  I tried moving the one, and she insists on going back to that same nest!

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What day is it? If it has been around 21 days then it is most likely hatching. Leave it with the hens, and don't mess with the membrane. :)

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I am a CHRISTIAN

2 Corinthians 9:15

Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.

 

1 rabbit, two dogs, three cats, 50+ (number goes up & down) free-range 'mutt' hens, roos, chicks, lots of fish (tilapia) and a Jersey cow and heifer calf! Have had quail in the past.

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Have no clue day it is.  Its a long story, but it is probably time.  I know most of the eggs that I did candle about a week ago had "something" in them, at various stages of development.  I assume the others laid eggs in their box when they could so I know the eggs are at various stages of development.

 

Had a disaster last go around, so I am determined to leave these alone as much as possible.  We'll see what happens...

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Have no clue day it is.  Its a long story, but it is probably time.  I know most of the eggs that I did candle about a week ago had "something" in them, at various stages of development.  I assume the others laid eggs in their box when they could so I know the eggs are at various stages of development.

 

Had a disaster last go around, so I am determined to leave these alone as much as possible.  We'll see what happens...

Do you have an incubator?  Chances are if the hatch is very staggered, after the first few are hatched and up, the broodies will leave the nest to mother the chicks and will abandon the later eggs.

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Need help incubating/hatching? Are you more a hands on hatcher? Come visit us: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1081034/hands-on-hatching-and-help

A guide to hatching from the hands on perspective: http://hatching411.weebly.com/

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Do you have an incubator?  Chances are if the hatch is very staggered, after the first few are hatched and up, the broodies will leave the nest to mother the chicks and will abandon the later eggs.

 

x2. I was going to say the same thing. They (the hens) might wait a few days for the late eggs, but if they wait too long the first hatched chicks get weak.

I am a CHRISTIAN

2 Corinthians 9:15

Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.

 

1 rabbit, two dogs, three cats, 50+ (number goes up & down) free-range 'mutt' hens, roos, chicks, lots of fish (tilapia) and a Jersey cow and heifer calf! Have had quail in the past.

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I am a CHRISTIAN

2 Corinthians 9:15

Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.

 

1 rabbit, two dogs, three cats, 50+ (number goes up & down) free-range 'mutt' hens, roos, chicks, lots of fish (tilapia) and a Jersey cow and heifer calf! Have had quail in the past.

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No on the incubator. The egg that was hatching did. Chick died sometime later. I'm about ready to toss ALL the eggs and go buy some one day olds for the two hens. Can't handle the dead baby thing much...
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