egg shell to dry

clifford258

Songster
6 Years
Apr 17, 2013
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Greeneville,TN
Hey folks I'm am about 1 weeks into the incubation period. Luckily I have two hens sitting on the same nest... a clutch of 20. Last summer the same two hens went broody together. But when the eggs started hatching the eggs ran into some problems. That would start to zip but the shell was to dry/hard. I lost 8 out of 25 Because they could get out I had 12 that I had to help hatch and 5 that done just fine on their own. The ones I helped I peeled off little pieces of shell and under the shell the membrane was completely dry sorta like leather. How can I prevent this and have a more natural hatch?
 

lazy gardener

Crossing the Road
7 Years
Nov 7, 2012
27,616
26,805
917
CENTRAL MAINE zone 4B
That's unusual to have shrink wrapped eggs with a broody. what does your humidity run? I'd hesitate to intervene, because you could end up going the other way, and end up drowning them.
 
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