Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by fosterchick, Jul 26, 2007.

  1. fosterchick

    fosterchick Songster

    Today we found a cracked open egg, it shouldn't have hatched for 4 more days. It has a chick in it that is alive. The whole yolk sac is still there. I put it in the incubator. I left the chick in what was left of the egg shell. Is there any hope for this chick.
  2. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Songster

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    I found this on another website. Hope it helps & good luck.

    What if the yolk sack is not completely absorbed when you open the egg? When I begin an assisted hatch, I always have a brooder set up....just in case I need it. If I check to see if the yolk sack is absorbed and find that it isn't, I stop right there! The chick is put into the brooder, eggshell and all. The shell is what protects the yolk sack so that it doesn't break before it's absorbed. A chick at this stage can't be given back to its parents until everything is stabile. After this, there's nothing to do except watch and wait. It can take anywhere from 2 to 15 hours or more before the lower portion of the shell can be removed. No food is needed. The chick just needs enough moisture to allow the hatching process to complete itself.
  3. AccidentalFarm

    AccidentalFarm Songster

    Mar 29, 2007
    I agree- keep the chick and shell as intact as possible and keep it in the 'bator with the temp and humidity at hatch levels. Sure hope your chick makes it!
  4. fosterchick

    fosterchick Songster

    Thanks for the info, but the chick died. Well at least we tried but nature took it's course

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