How do you tell if a chick is dead (inside the egg) at day 23

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Burbs03, Mar 11, 2017.

  1. Burbs03

    Burbs03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it is day 23 and 3 out of 6 hatched in the last few days, the other ones showed no signs of life. I broke open the air cell of one of them and it hasn't even piped yet, it didn't move at all yet, neither of the other ones moved or chirped yet. Is there a way to tell if they are still alive?
     
  2. HenPennySC

    HenPennySC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good question. I posted on this thread today. No replies. Hope you have better luck.
     
  3. TattooedChicks

    TattooedChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm no expert, just an avid reader here, and I'm sure someone could answer you way better. But from what little I have gleaned, the most common answer seems to be wait.

    If another day or two goes by with no action, or if you notice a rotten odor, likely the chick didn't make it to hatching.
     
  4. Burbs03

    Burbs03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thanks, I have three eggs in the incubator right now and I caught two moving
     
  5. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    If by day 23 there are no internal pips, no movement, no reaction to tapping on the egg and candling, then it's a good bet they are gone. Especially if it's been 24-48 hours after the last hatcher.
     
  6. Burbs03

    Burbs03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thanks
     

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