bleeding eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by zebserema, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. zebserema

    zebserema Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2011
    my silkie eggs that are in my incubator are bleeding i woke up this morning to peeping one pip and blood the one that has piped is bleeding and i did not help him so what is wrong will he be ok ? [​IMG] [​IMG]
  2. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 19, 2011
    Escanaba, MI
    Sometimes a chick will pip through a blood vessel lining the inside of the shell. Before a chick fully hatches, while they reabsorb the yolk, those blood vessels are also drying out while the chick absorbs the blood. They were once used to transport oxygen to the chick, but once the chick is breathing after a pip, they aren't needed.

    I had a chick that pipped through a blood vessel that didn't make it. After completely hatching it died. Either it was a weak chick to begin with, or the blood loss was too much. A few drops of blood may not seem like much, but to a tiny chick, it is a lot. Another did the same thing, but was fine. Don't mess with the chick, just let it do its own thing.

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