Fully Formed Chick *Icky Pics Warning*

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Alexis, Sep 5, 2008.

  1. Alexis

    Alexis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm posting these pics for people who are curious about what a chick looks like that didn't make it out of the shell. My kids were fascinated (and amazingly respectful) of the whole process of looking inside the eggs that didn't hatch today.

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    I was guessing by what was left of the sac on it's abdomen that it had a few more days to go. Any thoughts?

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    Our day was complete with a sweet little burial and a cedar shake "headstone". You gotta love kids! [​IMG]
     
  2. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

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    i've seen the samething when i'm hatching i don't know why they die do close to hatching either [​IMG]
     
  3. Alexis

    Alexis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It was really disappointing, but at the same time it was quite educational for my whole family. I remember my Mom hauling us outside to look through chicken gizzards and rabbit innards when I was a kid. She wanted us to KNOW how these things work! [​IMG]

    The good news is, we got seven LIVE peepers, and they're doing really well.
    You can see that post over here
     
  4. 2manyhats

    2manyhats Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is so sad when they get so close and then just don't make it out. I had a whole batch of Cuckoo Marans drown in their shells due to high humidity (they need it lower due to the very dark shells). It was heart breaking to see 8 fully formed chicks that didn't make it. (On the next batch I lowered the humidity and had a 6/8 egg hatch - much better). I think it's good for kids to see life and death of animals. It helps them to respect life and to grasp death and respect danger.
     
  5. Riocotesei

    Riocotesei Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats soo sad that they get that far and die. But at the same token, it's very interesting and a learning experience. Thanks for posting the pics for us.
     
  6. Ms. Lewis Rich

    Ms. Lewis Rich Chillin' With My Peeps

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    To many hats, how much did you lower it . Having same problem.
    Karen
     
  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Quote:Shell color doesn't cause humidity or moisture exchange issues. Could you please explain what you mean here?
     
  8. Ms. Lewis Rich

    Ms. Lewis Rich Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My last 2 hatches have been dead in shell. egg sack not fully absorbed, been trying to figure what is different.Miss Prissy had post that drafts can be a problem and I but bator under AC vent thinking it would give them more air(still air Bator) but it is humid this time of year and it was another option. Boy I really want a broody hen!!!!!!!!!
     
  9. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Quote:I think that's a myth that cuckoos and welsummers need lower humidity because of their dark shells. I've been hatching Marans and some Welsummers for 6 years. I've never kept the humidity lower for them. In fact they're usually in the bator with other breed's eggs. With my own hens I always have a good hatch with their eggs. Shipped eggs on the other hand have their own set of issues!
     
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  10. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    That chick looks very close to hatch. Too bad. So sorry. That could be low humidity or high humidity or something else. Better luck next time. [​IMG]
     

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