Help! What to Do? Broken Egg/Live Chick

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by nonseq, May 19, 2010.

  1. nonseq

    nonseq Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Due to my stupidity, my cochin hen broke one of the eggs she has been sitting on. These eggs are due to hatch either Friday or Saturday. A chunk of shell came off but the white membrane inside remained intact. A little bit of dark red blood came out where the shell cracked but did not break. I could see the chick moving around. I took the egg inside and put it in my LG incubator 100F and about 70-75% humidity. I covered the egg with a damp paper towel. This was about 4PM this afternoon.

    I just went in to check on the thing (I have other eggs in the incubator also due Fri/Sat) and there was a bunch of noise and scrabbling coming from under the paper towel.

    Did I do the right thing putting the egg in the incubator? Do you think it will actually survive? Can it stay in the incubator until Sat if it survives? What about the other eggs?
     
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  2. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Yes, yes, and yes. You may want to grab it out when it is dry and fluffy. Just my personal opinion .... but I never let them stay in the bator over 24 - 36 hours. I put them in the brooder, under a heat light, so they have access to water and feed. I don't worry much about them eating (the first 2 - 3 days) as they are absorbing the yolk for nutrition. But I do like to see them get a drink of water.
     
  3. nonseq

    nonseq Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just checked on it again. The broken egg is definitely moving, and one of the other eggs is rocking around, too. I'm so excited.

    I had two broody hens about a week apart in onset of broodiness. The one hen kept switching nests until I could get her in a coop alone. She hatched one chick last week. We noticed it on Saturday. So I think that it hatched Friday. The hen left several eggs on the nest, and I attempted to candle those and then I put the dark ones in an incubator. I am assuming that they should hatch Fri or Saturday. But I could be wrong.

    I have never done this before and I do not know what I am doing.
     
  4. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    I would keep a check on it, with the moist paper towel over it, it could absorb too much moisture and kill the chick. That's what happened to me anyway. But, I would def. keep it in the bator.
     

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