Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by TicketyBoo, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. TicketyBoo

    TicketyBoo In the Brooder

    Feb 14, 2009
    What would make a chick hatch backwards in the egg? It's butt was pushed into the air cell (unless it pipped through then rotate completely?) and its head was at the narrower end of the egg. Obviously it died because I was trying to be good and stay hands off. It was very determined to hatch by the sounds of it last night but died early this morning.
    What did I do wrong??
  2. Dirt Road

    Dirt Road Songster

    Nov 9, 2008
    Southern Idaho
    As the egg develops, the embryo lies "across" the egg. Once it gets too big to fit that way, it turns with it's head towards the highest point in the egg, normally the large end, where the air cell is. For a short time it can turn if needed, but soon becomes too big to make the turn and is then committed. Short version; the egg was either incubated upside down, or due most likely to poor egg shape the "small" end was higher when the little guy turned. And sometimes it just happens.


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