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Its a knee or elbow, not a beak...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mrandmrschicken, Dec 6, 2008.

  1. mrandmrschicken

    mrandmrschicken Songster

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    Last egg in the bator has pipped. Upon closer examination, it's a knee/elbow, not a beak poking through the hole! First time I've seen this. Chick inside is not moving. Does not repspond to light or voice stimulus. Do I get involved? Is this normal?
    Thanks for any response.
     

  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

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    It may have died after pipping which is very common.

    Since it is the last one you can take it out and check for signs of life.
     
  3. mrandmrschicken

    mrandmrschicken Songster

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    Quote:Did as suggested and yes, chick had died. It was a beak, not a knee. The chick had not punctured the air sack but rather had pipped near the bottom on the narrow end of the egg. I think it probably drowned.

    Thank you, for taking the time to respond Miss. For future reference, if I see a pip on the bottom of the narrow end, should I intervene as soon as possible? This is a new situation for me.
     

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