Drinking fluid from inside of egg?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by key west chick, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. key west chick

    key west chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2008
    Gainesville, GA
    My egg started piping around noon today, day 20. It has a nice big hole and I can see its little beak. It looks like moisture or fluid from the inside of the egg is running into its mouth. It looks like it keeps swallowing or making drinking movements with its beak. I don't want to open up the bator but I don't want stuff running down its face and drowning it. Comments?
  2. Bandana

    Bandana Chillin' With My Peeps

    Seems to me like that baby might be in trouble, but I'm new at this. What's your hum at? Hopefully one of the experts here will give you an answer.
  3. Jster

    Jster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2007
    When I was reading about dry incubation, it said some chicks end up drowning because of too much moisture causing water to accumulate in the air sac. I'd monitor very closely and maybe try to drain the water away, and lower the humidity. But that's based just on my reading and not experience, I haven't incubated yet just have some eggs under a broody.
  4. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2008
    Wow... that's a new one. I'd be worried. Can you tip the egg so some of that excess fluid runs out?
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    If the chick is pipped and you see the beak they do open and close their little beak. It may look like it is swallow but it isn't.

    Inside an egg is wet. I have never seen a pip large enough to see moisture rolling or dripping on a chick. It is a very tight fit in there once they break into the air sac.

    How far has your little chick zipped to hatch?
  6. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 15, 2008
    If your humidity is right it's probably just normal moisture. Your humidity should be somewhere around 60 to possibly 65% and you don't want much condensation on the windows.

    I did have a really weird one last hatch. It was the first to pip and more than 24hrs later all it had done was make a slightly bigger hole than usual. The membrane was a weird yellow.. really gold color and really thin. I knew something seemed wrong with that egg. I watched it as the others hatched and the chick kept moving but not making progress. Then one time I looked in there was yellowish liquid coming up around the chicks beak and it looked like it was choking. I removed the egg immediately to see what was going on. When I opened it the chick had not absorbed the yolk, some of it's internal organs were on the outside, and the yellow fluid it drowned on was the broken yolk. Goo ran out of the egg when I tipped it. I have no idea how the chick lived that long because something obviously went wrong.
  7. key west chick

    key west chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2008
    Gainesville, GA
    It died, it was dead when I got up this morning. The hole was pretty big, could see the little chickie in it. I think maybe it was just normal, it didn't seem to be in distress at all. But then it died during the night. It all looked normal when I peeled all the shell away, maybe it wasn't meant to be.
  8. UrbanMama

    UrbanMama Gone Country....

    Sep 27, 2008
    That stinks...I'm sorry [​IMG]

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