Could it still hatch?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Blue Ninja, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. Blue Ninja

    Blue Ninja In the Brooder

    Jun 4, 2011
    The egg in question is a standard sized EE egg on day 24 under broody. Bantam egg from same setting hatched Sat at noon. My chickens all run together so dad could possibly be a bantam. I picked up egg from under broody to check it out and as I slowly turned it I felt a "plop" within the egg. I was never able to candle this egg successfully but it doesn't smell bad. Could it be a bantam sized chick in a standard egg? Should I "help?" Thanks for any opinions.
  2. Whitewinterwolf

    Whitewinterwolf Songster

    Apr 11, 2011
    Quote:My teacher had an egg like that when I was in elementary school.
    All I remember is that egg did not hatch and they poked a hole in the top to help it along. [​IMG] and the chick ended up being a tiny little thing inside this giant egg.
    I really hope someone else can come along and help you!
  3. rarely bored

    rarely bored Songster

    Jan 22, 2011
    Central California
    You could float it in a glass of water and watch to see if you see movement. The water magnifies any movement. If there is no movement, you could then open up the aircell end and see if it is dead. You probably want to do the opening up outside, just in case...
  4. MamaMarcy

    MamaMarcy Songster

    Aug 28, 2011
    Snohomish, WA

    I have a bantam roo that I was crossing with my standard hens...never had a size problem for the chick being too small for the egg...but I imagine it's possible?
  5. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Crowing

    Mar 2, 2011
    Knee Deep
    most eggs that plop are chicks that started but didnt make it, good luck and becareful
  6. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Crowing

    Mar 29, 2011
    Did you open it up? What happened? [​IMG]
  7. Blue Ninja

    Blue Ninja In the Brooder

    Jun 4, 2011
    Thanks to all responders! I did the float test and saw no movement, but about 20% did float above water line. I painstakingly chipped away at that egg for 20 minutes and it was just a very liquid yolk sac. I am so glad it wasn't even fertilized. My heart was racing the entire time. And it just smelled like warm yolk. Win-win.

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