Does a heavy egg mean a chick?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Ruby Mia, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. Ruby Mia

    Ruby Mia Chillin' With My Peeps

    283
    22
    108
    Feb 6, 2013
    England
    my hen has been sat on 4 eggs for the past 4 days now and when i candled them i couldn't see anything yet, but three of them felt more heavy than usual. can this be a sign of a chick growing or not
     
  2. Weber Girls

    Weber Girls Out Of The Brooder

    44
    4
    36
    Jan 19, 2014
    As eggs develop, they shouldn't get any heavier. They should actually become a little lighter as air escapes through the shell. Eggs getting heavier would suggest that mass is being added. The only reason I can think of an egg getting heavier, is if it absorbed a great deal of moisture.

    As chicks grow, they are not adding weight to the egg. Chicks develop from the egg, so chicks aren't creating new mass, they get their mass from what is already in the egg.

    I would weigh your eggs when you first get them, then weigh them a few days later to see if their mass has changed.

    Also, wait a few more days to see if anything develops in the eggs before throwing them out. Good luck with hatching!
     
  3. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    I would say X2 with Weber Girls as to gain you need to add [​IMG]


    Have you candled your egg's yet [​IMG]
     
  4. Avlana

    Avlana Chillin' With My Peeps

    426
    28
    101
    Nov 14, 2013
    Pennsylvania
    Yep, eggs lose weight as incubation progresses. Even with a developing chick. I would candle the eggs again in a few days.
     
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2014
  5. Ruby Mia

    Ruby Mia Chillin' With My Peeps

    283
    22
    108
    Feb 6, 2013
    England
    Thanks for the replies! i will try candling them in a couple more days [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by