Foam from hatching chick egg

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Mel P, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. Mel P

    Mel P Out Of The Brooder

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    I couldn't find this in any of the other topics.

    I am hatching a batch now and have had only had two issues.

    One pecked a hole that had some blood then died and one that I saw foam (just a small amount) coming from the openings of the shell. It hatched on its own like the others, but I had to rinse it off because it was drying stiff (like egg whites do). It seems to be fine now and the only way I can still tell a difference is the top of its head(that I couldn't rinse well) is still stiff instead of fluffy.

    What makes that happen and does it mean the chick isn't health, etc. [​IMG]

    Thank you!
     
  2. flnatv

    flnatv Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    It just means the humidity was high during incubation, if they make it out alive they will usually be ok. The foam stuff usually will cover their head and suffocate them.
     
  4. Mel P

    Mel P Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks. I did open the shell a tiny bit because I was affraid of that, but my hatch rate is around 80% and healthy so I didn't understand why this one was like that.
     
  5. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    If the egg was a bit bigger than the rest, it can happen.
     
  6. Mel P

    Mel P Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the post, but all the eggs were about the same size and laid within just 2-3 days of each other. It's about 36 hours old now and seems to be fine. I just thought it was wierd and wondered how to prevent it next time since it looked like it could sufficate in the shell.
     

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