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broken shell membrane exposed

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Menagerie, May 31, 2008.

  1. Menagerie

    Menagerie In the Brooder

    Apr 16, 2007
    Hi all

    Have a hen that was really broody. Gave her two eggs to hatch out. A few days ago the shell of one was cracked no pips from inside then the next day membrane exposed. Then the hen moved it away and opened it. I found the dead chick with some yoke yet. The other egg was still ok. Yesterday small crack on the egg. Today half the shell on one side gone membrane still soft but worried it wouldn't stay that way. Can see a little movement so I believe chick is still alive. No noise yet. Should I take it from her? I do not have an incubator. This should be day 20 or 21. The egg is from old english bantam and a silkie mix is sitting on it. Should i do something? I am afraid that the membrane will dry out and the chick will die.
  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    Could you tell if the chick was pipped or is the hen breaking the shells?

  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member 10 Years

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    I hope the little chickie lives.

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