empty spot in egg

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by pefferlawchicken, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. pefferlawchicken

    pefferlawchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have a 21 day old chicken egg and somthing is inside the air cell looks good but just below the middle of the eggs there is a like 1cm by 1cm empty spot what do you think that is , do you think the chick is dead??

    please help
     
  2. pefferlawchicken

    pefferlawchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    answer me guys
     
  3. natalie1136

    natalie1136 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have any idea. I would just wait to see if it hatches.
     
  4. Chickapooh23

    Chickapooh23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You should keep it until day 24 to make sure. The waiting is the hard part. Sorry for no help.
     
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Do you have it out candling it at this late date? You need to keep your hands off and the lid shut during those last 3 days.
     
  6. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    There will be slight gaps even when a chick is fully grown. If you candle at just the right angle you can sometimes catch one of those gaps. On day 18 I often shine the light through the air cell because I can usually see little gaps along the air cell with veins where as the rest is dark from the chick's body.

    Removing an egg from the incubator after day 18 and before it has hatched can kill the chick. Especially if it hasn't broken the membrane yet. Taking it out of the humidity will dry the membrane and even if it's temporary the chick may end up dying before the membrane is soft enough again to break it. You can also kill all the eggs in the incubator that haven't pipped yet by opening it during hatching and occasionally get some stuck that have pipped by drying them to inside of the shell.
     

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