loss 2 half hatched, need advice?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by scooby, Jul 25, 2014.

  1. scooby

    scooby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a banty that went broody her first time, she was sitting on about 10 i think. first one hatched 2 days ago. within a few hrs. I checked at 12:00 no chicks we checked at 5:00 and there she was. next day another started hatching but very slow. so i tried to bid my time and give her 24 hrs. then that same after noon another started hatching both had holes about a quarter in size by last night. i decided if the one wasn't out by this morning i'd intervene a little. went out this morning to check hoping to have 2 chicks and found both eggs no progress so i took them out for a closer look and discovered that the membrane was dry and stuck to them and they were dead. it has been way hot here 90-100. and my hen decided to hatch them in a dog house so not exactly easily accessible. It has been so hot in the dog house she doesn't even sit on them during the day only when it starts to cool off.I am crushed that she lost them and i feel guilty for not intervening yesterday. so do you think there is a chance to save the rest should i wait for them to pip, or try to crack them open or call it a loss. if there is a chance to save any i really would like to, should i candle them? Please help.
     
  2. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    Can you move her nest? Is it possible to put the eggs in a incubator? I know that with pigeon eggs you can dip them in water to keep the humidity up (don't rub them though with a towel to dry them off though).
     
  3. scooby

    scooby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    not sure if she would keep sitting if i moved her, i did that once before and the hen quit. but this broody does seem very devoted. IDK. and i don't have a incubator to put them in. should i try the water thing? we looked at one this morning and they are veins you can see them almost plan as day. so i would think there developed but i never candled them.
     
  4. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't see how the water thing would hurt because to test if a egg is alive around hatching time you float them in water. I'd try moving her...
     

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