Dead chicks in shells?

JodyJo

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9 Years
Sep 27, 2010
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Day 24 of sitting, 5 eggs hatched, gorgeous little peepers....but why did 4 of the eggs have dead chicks in them today?

The rest hatched days 21-23...today she knocked them out of her nest....we cracked them open....all almost done chicks...why do some die before pecking through? I lost 5 chicks between 2 hens this year.

Any ideas?
 

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