Can you tell me approximately how old this fetus is? *WARNING GRAPHIC*

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by TinyLittleFarm, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. TinyLittleFarm

    TinyLittleFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have two silkies sitting on a clutch of what was seven eggs. They are sharing the clutch. Is this weird?

    Anyway, on Saturday I found one egg that had been kicked out of the nest and was cold.

    Today, there was another kicked out, also cold. I opened it up, pic below. We are not sure how long they have been brooding. We thought the eggs were due last Saturday, but no babies yet. I don't hear any peeping, but it is noisy out there! I candled on Sunday and saw movement in at least four of them. This is my first hatch of any sort. The babies are the offspring of Silky moms and a Light Brahma papa.
    Based on this picture, how much longer do you think we have to wait?

    RIP, little baby.

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  2. Munkeesmama

    Munkeesmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Poor bubs, I would say any day now. That is a fully formed chick.
     
  3. oesdog

    oesdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think its pretty well formed too. Reckon 18 days + Should be hatching soon, in the next two or three days. The cold egg you found - doubtless it has died and the mom/s knew and that is why they rejected it. Often they know long before we do if something has gone wrong. It doesn;t mean they will reject them all. Just keep an eye on whats going on it could be the hens are fighting over the nest.

    Oesdog Sad you lost that one. [​IMG]
     
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  4. tinychicky

    tinychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it looks like it would have hatched soon [​IMG] i'm very sorry for your loss [​IMG]
     
  5. Jx2inNC

    Jx2inNC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very good picture, by the way.
    Interesting to get a snapshot of what inside the shell would be looking like at that stage of hatching.
     
  6. TinyLittleFarm

    TinyLittleFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My kids just checked the coop and said that they saw eggs rocking. I'm assuming this is a good sign! [​IMG]
     

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