Long pointy Eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SemperFiChicken, Nov 21, 2017.

  1. SemperFiChicken

    SemperFiChicken Chirping

    Mar 20, 2017
    Baxter, TN
    My RIR has been laying eggs like this for months. Just dawned on me that it may not be a hatchable egg with its shape. I have a few in the incubator that I started yesterday. Anyone have any experience with these shapes? Any knowledge as to why this occurs?

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  2. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

    Jun 23, 2013
    The Big Island/Hawaii
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  3. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck

    Nov 30, 2014
    Middle Tennessee
    Could be any number of reasons for the shape... I actually had a couple Jersey Giants that always laid 'torpedo' eggs... they hatched just fine any time I set them... but I didn't like their temperament so I sold them off after a year or 2...
  4. AASister

    AASister In the Brooder

    Oct 29, 2017
    Irving, TX
    We have a Leghorn who lays those long, skinny eggs, and they hatched just fine.
  5. Pointed or narrow eggs make it difficult for the chick to rotate or spin round and round inside the eggshell with it's egg tooth in firm contact with the eggshell. Chicks score or cut the eggshell in half from the inside. The pips kicking action finishes the process. As a general rule any chick that has not positioned itself with its head under its right wing by day 19 or 20 is a chick that will die during hatching. Egg shape is a highly inheritable trait. So the more chicks you hatch from narrow or double pointed eggs, means that in the future your flock will have ever increasing poor hatchability.
  6. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    Good morning and welcome, hope you are enjoying BYC! :frow

    Torpedo eggs are kinda cool looking and seems like they would be less likely to cause something like egg binding. But I haven't tried hatching them and so defer to those who have already posted their experience. I have gotten a few in the past as I used to have a huge flock. Good info in case I face it in the future the. :)
  7. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    They're totally hatchable, not the ideal shape but you should be able to get viable chicks. I have successfully incubated torpedo eggs, in fact in this springs hatch the torpedo egg hatched first and the chick was perfetly healthy. The torpedo chick was a hen and has laid, she did not inherit the torpedo egg laying skill for herself. :)
  8. AASister

    AASister In the Brooder

    Oct 29, 2017
    Irving, TX
    Thanks, chickengeorgeto, that's good information to know. Probably none of the chicks will be used later on for breeding, so that won't be a problem for us.
  9. chickenreyna

    chickenreyna Songster

    Oct 10, 2017
    My two year old buff orphs look like this are always like this its odd im unsure if its her breed
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  10. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Herding ducks and Wrangling chickens

    Jan 8, 2017
    My EE laid one yesterday. I thought it might have come out that way due to some trauma that she suffered the day before (due to dogs).

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