Chicken Egg Membrane

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ChickChic00, Oct 21, 2019.

  1. ChickChic00

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    Any way to make egg membrane softer?? Our chicken egg membrane is so hard we could drop them and they still wouldn't bust open. I have chicken eggs for hatching and 1 has fully developed but has died. It had a super hard membrane. Just like to know how to soften the membrane. Any help is appreciated!!
     
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  2. Sagey_7878

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    Raise the humidity, that’s what I would do. Good luck! Sorry about the chick. :hugs
     
  3. Maiahr

    Maiahr Songster

    Yes, raise the humidity. I use coconut oil but some would disagree that it dries the membrane. It has worked for me.
     
  4. ChickChic00

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    Wouldn't that drown the chick in the shell?
     
  5. Maiahr

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    Apologies, should've explained. I use earbuds and only apply coconut oil on the outer side of the membrane. I don't pour it inside.
     
  6. ChickChic00

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    Cool info! But I also meant raising the humidity. Wouldn't raising the humidity drown any others that I have?
     
  7. Maiahr

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    Mine are hatching as we speak, the first came out this morning, another 32 to go. The humidity in the incubator is 72% I can't stabilise it to a lower %. So at 72% - they will not drown.
     
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  8. Maiahr

    Maiahr Songster

    BTW I am now re-reading your post.. you had a fully developed chick that did not pip and died in the egg? There could be a thousand reasons why it died in the shell, does not mean the membrane is hard. Weak chicks are a result of many factors, including genetics...
     
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  9. ChickChic00

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    It was from my black australorp hen and rir rooster. They are usually pretty hardy. I also have rir and isa brown crosses too. That's what I'm hatching. Rir x Isa Brown, Rir x Black Australorp, White Japanese Black Tailed Bantam x Partridge Cochin, Silver Duckwing Bantam x Self Blue Bantam. Cant wait to see what the bantams will look like once they hatch!
     
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  10. ChickChic00

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    My humidity is at 58-62% Humidity and all but 2 are completely fine and hatching. Just the membrane to my eggs are so hard.
     
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