Busted yolk sac during hatching? What could I have done?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by nurseamc, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. nurseamc

    nurseamc Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 21, 2011
    Cabarrus County, NC
    I just hatched 17 out of 20 pearl guineas. One is really troubling me...it pip'd last night and he was able to get a large piece of shell and membrane out of his way. He was breathing and making progress with his hatch, but started to foam at the mouth. The white "bubbles/foam" was the sticky albumin. I was able to get some of the foam off, but didn't want to risk helping him out of the shell. (vessels were still evident)
    Could the chick possibly busted the yolk sac during his wiggling?

    When I got up this morning, I found the chick still in the egg as he was when I went to bed. The albumin was almost like superglue! He was stuck in his shell and his shell was stuck to the one beside it.

    Could I have done anything differently? I know that some make it and some don't...but it's always nice to know.[​IMG]
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

    Jul 17, 2009
    Chicks poke through their yolk sack sometimes. It happens.

  3. Hi! If 17 of 20 eggs hatched, you must have had everything just right. He could have ruptured the yolk sack or he might have just been 'not right' in some other way.
    Good luck with the new Guins!
  4. ChickyChickyBaby

    ChickyChickyBaby Barefoot Bantams

    I had a silkie egg do that last week. It pipped wrong end overnight, and had ruptured the yolk enough to where it leaked out a small bit, and had also covered the pip.

    Seeing light yellow leaking from an egg shell is startling!

    I removed the chick as soon as I saw it had a problem, but it did not make it. I am not sure if it inhaled the yolk, or if I was just too late to help.

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