In the Brooder
- Apr 26, 2014
Hi everyone. So glad to b here. I have an incubator FULL of Rhode Island Red and Golden Comet eggs. I had 9 hatch between yesterday afternoon and today. They started pipping on thursday afternoon. I never candled them to see if they were fertile....just figured they would hatch or not. Well, I have lost one this afternoon. Pipped externally, was breathing great, checked when i got home, and it had died. Now, i have another egg that pipped, but part of the shell broke off, about the size of a nickel, and there is an ever so tiny slit in the membrane. I am keeping it moist, it continues to peep and move. It's been like that for about 10-12 hours. I do not have a way to measure humidity, as i couldn't find a hygrometer. Should i keep doing what I'm doing and leave it? Membrane isn't dried out at all. After this last chick I'm so nervous. I have incubated turkey eggs before, had 100% hatch and survival rate, so i jist kind of followed what i did there, but i didn't have this problem. Please, some advice. Thank you all so much!!