Chicks don't get through membrane

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by judithkorff, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. judithkorff

    judithkorff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a second clutch of eggs under a setting silkie hen. The first hatch (actually, 4 hens who laid and set simultaneously, 3 sharing the same nest area) went smoothly with nearly all eggs hatched normally and chicks running around everywhere. :) However, the last hen - who wasn't setting with the first group - is now setting a clutch while the others are away raising their chicks. In the past 2 days, 4 chicks have pipped and attempted to hatch out of that clutch, but while the shells cracked and broke away, the membrane inside seems to be dry and tough, and all 4 have died during the hatch process. I assume I need to look into nutrition for the cause. Any suggestions? The flock is on Blue Seal layer crumbles and also free-range around the hen house and yard. They have grit and oyster shell supplement available, as well as access to the natural grit in the ground. What can I do to ensure better results on future hatches?
     
  2. iluvsedward

    iluvsedward Overrun With Chickens

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    if they have already piped/zipped you can take a razor and very gently slice some of the membrane.
     

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