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Fully Developed Chick Died In Egg

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by grahask, Oct 5, 2014.

  1. grahask

    grahask In the Brooder

    Jan 27, 2014
    I placed 12 shipped fertile hatching eggs under my broody hen. 9 of the 12 hatched out on days 20-21. Today is day 23, and I removed the 3 remaining unhatched eggs after she abandoned the nest to care for other chicks. 2 appeared infertile, but one lavender orpington egg was a fully developed chick that never pipped. Any ideas on what might have happened? I'm very pleased with the hatch rate but hate losing one that was so close, especially a lavender orpington.
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Crossing the Road Premium Member 8 Years

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    It's hard to say. Sometimes they are just not strong enough to hatch.
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013

    Some chicks become "shrink wrapped" in the egg, but this usually occurs after external pipping. Some just aren't strong enough. I've had a couple that have had deformities, and so never internally pipped.

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