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A Silkie Egg within an Egg that tried to hatch!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by antiquebuff, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. antiquebuff

    antiquebuff Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Franklin, NC
    My Silkie had been sitting on 13 eggs and 8 hatched yesterday. When she left the nest and I was clearing the eggs that did not hatch I noticed 3 that had tried to hatch and could not because there was an egg completely in tact within the egg. The first shell had broken off but the chick could not make it through the both shells, but had tried! I have heard of eggs like this before , but is it normal to have this many and what causes it to happen? She gets high quality laying food by Purina, oyster shells, snacks and lots of fresh water. She is a new layer and being a Silkie she went broody right away. She is a great little Mom so far and has darling babies! I will post photos later!
  2. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

    Mar 3, 2008
    Whoa... I have seen this only once, and it was a store-bought egg. Crazy....

    I've heard of eggs within eggs, but I've never heard of them tryinging to hatch. I'm confused as to whether or not I should think that is NEAT, or AWEFUL (for the chicks of course...) [​IMG]

    When she starts laying again, I would break the first few open to see if this is a regular thing, or just a one time situation.
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  4. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

    Mar 3, 2008
    This is the one we had, but it was hard boiled... not going to hatch. [​IMG]

    I want to see her photos...

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