day 20 egg cracked wide open - dead chick

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mandolinmama, May 17, 2007.

  1. mandolinmama

    mandolinmama Songster

    Apr 13, 2007
    Urbana Missouri
    It's day 20 for our hatch and when I looked in the bator awhile ago noticed that one of the eggs had some yolk out of it. I took the egg out and cracked it open. The chick looked pretty much developed. I know that I did have a couple of eggs in there with air cells that seemed too large. Could that have been the problem? Any thoughts as to why this happened?
  2. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    Normally it is a weak spot on the shell. The chick growing and moving adds pressure to the shell and it cracks.

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