dead chick

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by varikia, Jan 3, 2014.

  1. varikia

    varikia Out Of The Brooder

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    Can anyone help me out, I had a hen with 10 eggs under her 25 days later she has 5 we checked on her and one had a crack and we seen movement so immediately left her about and hour later we checked on her and she was sitting comfy again, but suddenly we here a loud pop sound and a bad smell so we made the decission to leave we were worried so another hour passed and we decided to lift her up and check there was a lifeless little leg hanging out the shell and this time another cracked egg with green stuff coming out we have removed them from her but not sure what to do now can anyone help
     
  2. ckickenlegs

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    sounds like some might already have been dead and they have turned rotten the popping noise was probably the egg exploding and the smell because it was rotten.all you can do is try again. oh and the missing eggs are probably been taken by rats.[​IMG]
     
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  3. varikia

    varikia Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for advice we were worried durin. Wether to take the remaining 3 eggs away from her and try to stop her from brooding, her plume has almost lost her red colour to pale pink I'm pretty worried, there has been another hen sitting for about a week she has 4 under her but won't let us anywhere near her
     
  4. varikia

    varikia Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry I never said she threw the other eggs out cracked early on :-(
     
  5. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    If this is a chicken, they normally hatch in 21 days, sometimes a little longer, but 25 is about the extent of it. It sounds like she needs food and drink. They always lose some weight when sitting on eggs. I would toss the rest of the eggs, and urge her to get off the nest, and start foraging or eating.

    Since none hatched, it makes me wonder if they were fertile. If ou do this again, you might want to open an egg or two before letting her sit, and see if they are. Here is how to tell:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/16008/how-to-tell-a-fertile-vs-infertile-egg-pictures/0_20
     
  6. varikia

    varikia Out Of The Brooder

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    She is eating every day she has a food bowl by her and eat from my hand and her drink bowl is always pretty much empty, I reckon I'll throw them away :-( but I'm more worried about her at the moment
     
  7. ckickenlegs

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    oh ok ,and its probably best not to disturb them when they are sitting too.
     
  8. varikia

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    Thank you for the help. Another question is it normal for hens eggs to go from white to Brown and vice versa?
     

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