Is There Anything to be Gained...?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by peepinglaura, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. peepinglaura

    peepinglaura Songster

    Mar 9, 2009
    I have a broody hen sitting on some eggs, day 10. One of them had an embryo that died probably yesterday. It looks as if the egg sac somehow dislodged. The embryo is kind of floating.

    I know a lot of you open the egg to garner any info. I gotta say, my curiosity doesn't outweigh my squeamishness.

    I hope to continue to incubate and allow my hens to brood a lot in the future. Would there be any useful knowledge I might get by going through the unpleasant task of examining a dead embryo, or can I just ditch it freely? I can make myself do it; I'd just rather not.

    I can't believe I used to dissect fetal pigs with enthusiasm in high school.

  2. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Crowing

    Feb 21, 2009
    Columbia river gorge
    as long as you know its dead there is no real reason to open it if you dont want to . I am shure some people might learn alot from them but Im asumeing if you dont know what youre looking at you wont learn a whole lot I dont know . I havent checked my eggs so far that havent been good.
    Good luck
  3. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Songster

    May 19, 2008
    East Bethel MN
    The only eggs i inspect are the ones that made it to full term but never hatched just to see if there was an obvious reason why they haven't hatched. I do all my hatching under broodies and candle the eggs at day 10 and 18. If i was you I wouldn't open it either, just chuck it in the trash
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2009
  4. peepinglaura

    peepinglaura Songster

    Mar 9, 2009
    OK great. I give myself permission to toss the eggs!|

    What could ever be learned by opening them? Just to see if many are dying at the same stage of development in order to pinpoint a timeframe?

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