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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by casportpony, Mar 6, 2017.
This is from a cracked duck egg that I found in a nest:
It is defiantly fertile.
This was a cracked egg:
Dead in shell
dang that last one almost made it! was it mal?
Yeah, that one was close. I don't remember the story on that one...
Great pictures. I may show them to my science class. On a similar note, I had a clutch of marans eggs to recently hatch. Of the 3 eggs one was accidentally crushed right at hatching time. Fortunately it happened on hatch day so despite the whole side of the egg crushed in I was able to help the chick hatch. The second egg hatched out completely unassisted. The third egg, I could hear the little one peeping strongly but then for some reason was unable to pip. I seriously thought about assisting but didn't know where to "pip" since I couldn't tell whether he was positioned correctly. Long story short, I have had this happen before usually with dark colored eggs and eggs of young pullets. I wonder if it was a hen problem (too thick a shell) vs a chick problem. Anyone else notice that before?
This is interesting:
Looks like some severe edema... how high was the humidity for hatching?
I think it was ~40% the majority of the time, but I did have to raise the humidity once for a peachick. A couple of people have posted about swollen heads, and I thought this would give people a good understanding of what that means, though this is the most severely swollen one I have seen.