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When to throw away unhatched eggs, and what to do with them?

post #1 of 11
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Since this is my first hatch, I have absolutely no idea what to do with the eggs that did not hatch. Just the garbage? Or what? I just have two that didn't hatch and neiter have any movement whatsoever. You can see where they internally piped though.
Any ideas?

post #2 of 11

I just toss them in the garbage.  I've also given the fully formed, died in the shell (or right after hatching) chicks as snake food to a friend of mine.

I have my 2 dogs (pit bull type dogs), 2 cats, and the chicken crew: Mabel (partridge rock), Eleanor (EE), Mildred (BLRW), Victoria (welsummer), Helen (EE), Norma (SLW), and Maxine (Columbian Wyandotte), Mathilda (Blue Rock) and Ester (BCM), all on my suburban "farm". 
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I have my 2 dogs (pit bull type dogs), 2 cats, and the chicken crew: Mabel (partridge rock), Eleanor (EE), Mildred (BLRW), Victoria (welsummer), Helen (EE), Norma (SLW), and Maxine (Columbian Wyandotte), Mathilda (Blue Rock) and Ester (BCM), all on my suburban "farm". 
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post #3 of 11

I toss mine in the trash, too. I don't want to attract more predators by tossing them out back. wink

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Silence is golden. Duct tape is silver.
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post #4 of 11
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Okay, thanks! It is day 23 (Day 24 starting at 4:00pm today) so, should I open them or wait? Just in case....I don't want to be one of those that finds a live chick still in there

post #5 of 11

I open the egg and look at the chick I compare it with some pictures online to see what the cause of death is and try to figuer out how to improve the next hatch you can tell what day they died or close by the stage of development

chickens and  bourbon red turkeys  about 30 chickens and 20 soon to be 30 bourbon reds
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chickens and  bourbon red turkeys  about 30 chickens and 20 soon to be 30 bourbon reds
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post #6 of 11
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I opened both eggs just at the top. Looks like one was shrink wrapped and had a bunch of liquid in there and didn't even internally pip,  and the other, just a few pecks away from a pip sad You can actually see where he wore down the shell to pip. Possible causes of death?


Edited by ritzzy - 5/11/10 at 11:40am
post #7 of 11
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I did a complete egg disection, and turns out the first egg, died somewhere around day 18-20. Unmistakeably, the intestines are on the outside, and the yolk was never absorbed. The second egg, well, i see no possible reason why this chick couldn't have hatched. It was fully developed, yolk absorbed, everything.

post #8 of 11

I put them in the freezer for a day before tossing just incase...... well I have been, I dont know if I will continue this practice.

In my house, if it comes out of more then one can it's considered homemade!
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In my house, if it comes out of more then one can it's considered homemade!
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post #9 of 11

I think  your humidity is too low at some point 55% for setting and 75 % or so at hatch ?


Edited by medan - 5/11/10 at 12:37pm
chickens and  bourbon red turkeys  about 30 chickens and 20 soon to be 30 bourbon reds
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chickens and  bourbon red turkeys  about 30 chickens and 20 soon to be 30 bourbon reds
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post #10 of 11
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Yeah, I have had an awful time keeping the humidity steady he . Plus, I don't think it helps that my hygrometer is a cheap thing from wal-mart... hu

My humidity has always been 45-50 for incubation and I try to get it to 65 but it never really gets back 62% for more than an hour barnie


Edited by ritzzy - 5/11/10 at 1:11pm
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