Big air sac on day 14, hatching with a broody

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by lutherpug, Apr 19, 2019.

  1. lutherpug

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    3C4E47B9-B014-477B-879C-032375CEEDAE.jpeg 2947D6B5-F33B-45CC-AC42-684E4B3C457F.jpeg I have 4 eggs under a broody on day 14. Just candled and all are moving but the air sacs seem really big. This is the same egg from different angles. First time with a broody. Thoughts?
     
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  2. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Crowing

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    Are those shipped eggs? It looks like the membrane has pulled away.
     
  3. lutherpug

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    They are shipped eggs. They sat for 24 hours prior to incubation. I put half under the broody and half in the incubator. Had quite a few infertile in this shipment so I ended up with 4 developing eggs at day 7. Two from the incubator and 2 from the broody. She has had all 4 of them since. I've never seen this before, what is the likelihood that they hatch?
     
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    Yeah, it's definitely from being shipped. I never give shipped eggs to a broody because they move them around so much. I don't even turn them in the incubator for 4 days. The membranes have separated from the shell, which in my experience is never good. The risk of shrink wrap is very high since the moisture is so low in the egg.
     
  5. lutherpug

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    Well shoot. I hate to abandon eggs at 14 days but I'm tempted to just get some day old chicks and sneak them underneath her and call it good. She's been broody for going on 3 weeks and I want to give her the opportunity to raise some chicks, especially after she has sat for this long.
     
  6. chickens really

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    Definitely leave them. Hens actually don't turn eggs as often as people do. I'm pretty sure they will hatch.
     
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    Have you had eggs like this hatch with no issues? I've helped a shrink wrapped chick before but I'm not itching to do it again. I've never seen the broody fussing with them, I have to peel her out of the box to get her to go take a dust bath. Admittedly, I'm not home during the day but I check in on her as much as I can.
     
  8. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    I never fuss with my Hens. That air cell didn't look too big actually. Wait and let her do her job.
     
  9. aart

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    Can't tell what I'm looking at in the first pic...egg lit from small end?
    Second pic air cell looks OK for day 14.
     
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    B05C8E0D-C2E2-4090-BD55-665CD6500803.jpeg F55CA66F-A52E-4454-9CFF-04B45A821BDF.jpeg These are representative of where things stand on day 16. Two different eggs. Both candled at the non pointy end. They don’t look normal to me but there is movement in all 4.
     

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