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advice on overdue egg please..

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by brianharries, Aug 6, 2013.

  1. brianharries

    brianharries New Egg

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    I had two chicks hatch 8 days ago, then another one 6 days later, mum is still sitting on 1 remaining egg. I have performed the "floater" in water test and the egg is floating just above the water completely vertical, no movement can be detected. (Exactly the same as chick number 3 the day before it succesfully hatched) My concern is that the egg is oozing small water droplets through various parts of the shell and although it is clear liquid there is an odour from the egg. Shoud I discard it or how long should I wait to see if anything happens??
     
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    It sounds as though the egg has gone bad. I would discard it, as it appears that if there was any chick in it, the chick is dead now.
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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  4. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! Sounds to me as if the egg is bad, I would get rid of it.
     
  5. brianharries

    brianharries New Egg

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    Thnaks for your advice. That gives me the confidence I need to discard it. Just a thought, should the egg have sank if its dead or is does it just sink if it never developed??
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Happy you joined!
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Carefully get it into a plastic bag and seal shut - stink eggs are prone to explode and contaminate everything around them. The egg probably floats from the gas of deterioration
     
  8. brianharries

    brianharries New Egg

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    Thanks all for your advice. I removed the egg this morning and indeed there was a dead, half grown chick inside. So glad to have removed it before it exploded! Have disinfected the coop today so mum and 3 chicks should now be happy....thanks again to everyone who replied with advice.
     

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