I'm looking for fertilized eggs in southern Michigan.

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  1. deborah

    deborah Songster

    Oct 22, 2007
    Chelsea, MI
    I need advice quick!

    It's day 11. My husband went out this morning. He said Mama had gotten off the nest and was eatting quickly. Another hen tried to get in the nest. He stopped her and he noticed one of the eggs had a small crack, but the membrane was not broke. I didn't see it. I said we should remove it, but he thought since the membrane was intact, we should give it a chance.

    I just went out to the hen house with a camera. I was planning to take a picture and post it asking what we should do. I started reaching under Mama and some of the eggs were sticky. I lifted her further and I'm not sure exactly what has happened, but the cracked egg isn't there anymore.

    I don't know if she, or another hen ate it. We've never had a problem with egg eatting. I'm wondering (hoping), it broke and the residue is in the nest. But I didn't want to pull her out to check more closely. Several of the remaining eggs have sticky residue on them. At least 2 were sticking to Mama's feathers. I pulled one loose.

    What should I do? Should I clean the eggs? If so with what? What happens if I remove the bloom? If I leave them am I encouraging Mama or other hens to peck at the remaining eggs?

    I'm very worried. We have been so looking forward to chicks, even though I've told myself on several occasions to "not count my chickens before they're hatched". Do we have any hope? Has this ever happened to anyone else?

  2. Frizzledhen

    Frizzledhen Spear Gunnin' Coons

    Feb 17, 2007
    Hi Deb,
    I really don't know what to tell you but we will get this back up so maybe someone who knows can give you an answere. If mama still has one stuck to her feathers you should unstick it so it doesn't get broke next time she gets off the nest. Might want to change the subject line too to get more to look a the posting.
  3. jab91864

    jab91864 Songster

    Apr 3, 2007
    Northern Michigan
    She may have tossed the bad egg out and it got eaten. It's hard for chickens to resist once it's open and oozing. I personally wouldn't do more than gently wipe any sticky off so they don't stick to her feathers. Often times a chicken nest can get incredibly dirty while a hen is broody and eggs hatch healthy and fine.

    Best of luck

    Julie [​IMG]
  4. deborah

    deborah Songster

    Oct 22, 2007
    Chelsea, MI

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