2 chicks from a single egg shell?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Rodster, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. Rodster

    Rodster Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all, I know im still pretty new to raising chicks but i have something quite startling id like to share. My housemate and i have been raising turkeys and chickens together for about a year now and we just had our second clutch hatch out from "suzy" our grey year old turkey hen we've had since she was a little poult. Our last hatch from "mama", a brown, resulted in 4 turkey poults and a single chicken "chick", as we found 2 hens had laid with the turkeys a week after she started setting so we left 2 chicken eggs with the 9 turkey eggs and well, only 4 poults and a single chick hatched out. not bad, all a month old now and fine. Ok, about 5 weeks ago, suzy started setting on 7 turkey eggs. about a week later we took 3 different hen eggs from 3 different hens and stuk em under the living "bator". a blue from penney, a green and a white. i never bothered to candle them first, just figured i'd shoot for the moon. Ok. last saturday night i should have checked further when i heard strange noises but i was tired. next morning, we discovered 6 baby turkey poults, 2 still wet, with 2 baby chicks and only the blue egg shell. there was (and still is) 2 chicken eggs and a turkey egg left unhatched. the 2 chicks are exact opposites, one yellow with some dark spots on it's head and the other all black with a patch of yellow on it's head. i only wish i had seen the birth itself as i still dont believe 2 chicks from a single shell, but thats what we woke up to. i am still working on getting some better pics together. Anyone else hear of this? im still kinda freaked about it. Thanks.
    Rodster and the ant.
     
  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Twins can occur if the egg is a double yolker. They rarely make it to hatch though because they have difficulty hatching themselves. That's cool if they did both hatch for you!
     
  3. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chances are better that any "missing" egg shell evidence was eaten.
     
  4. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Unless I misunderstood the OP, there aren't any missing egg shell pieces. I think he/she said 4 eggs were set, 3 are still under the broody and there are 2 chicks. Did I read that wrong?
     
  5. Guinea and Chicken raiser

    Guinea and Chicken raiser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i think you got one of your eggs totally eaten up by all the other hatchlings.

    edit: yep, just like nurse turtle.
     
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  6. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Have a look at this

    It is possible, its also possible that someone snuck another egg into the nest and then the shell was eaten when the chick hatched ;) I love surprise babies! Good luck!
     
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