Fully Developed Chick Died In Egg

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

  1. grahask

    grahask In the Brooder

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    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

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    It's hard to say. Sometimes they are just not strong enough to hatch.
     
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

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    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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