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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mpmb1227, Jun 12, 2016.

  1. mpmb1227

    mpmb1227 Chirping

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    Only one of 5 hatched. She'll abandon the remaining eggs before they will hatch, there is no internal pip and the first one hatched early yesterday morning. I'm gonna risk her rejecting them and try to sneak them in. How many of you have experience with this kind of thing?
     

  2. birds4kids

    birds4kids Songster

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    Try water candling before writing the others off
     
  3. Islander11

    Islander11 Chirping

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    like the user above said, don't write them off just yet!
    I've had good luck sneaking chicks under hens, i do it at night.
    I also leave the eggs under for atleast two days after so the chicks bond with the mom by then.
    Thanks, John
     
  4. mpmb1227

    mpmb1227 Chirping

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    I did candle them. No internal pip, day 26. One died during hatch yesterday, and it's been two days since the only hatchling came out. This was successful, I got some chicks that are slightly older, slipped em underneath and one popped out and nothing happened. I lifted the broody hen and she tucked the little guy underneath her.
     

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