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need help - egg close to hatch missing shell

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by joyful-homemaker, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. joyful-homemaker

    joyful-homemaker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a broody hen setting on some eggs. She only gets up once a day for a short time but while up today another hen tore into the eggs. I found one dead chick looked to be day 19 or 20, with the shell removed and the membrane intact. I found another egg with most of the shell removed but the membrane completely in tact. The chick in that egg is kicking and moving. the shell that is left is on the large end. I am afraid the mother will crush the chick and am wondering if it would be a good idea to remove the egg and put it in the incubator. Maybe I should just let it be. Any one have any advice?
     
  2. Grampa with chickens

    Grampa with chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say fire the bator up and wrap it in a warm moist towel. You don't want the membrane to dry out. Get the humidity up in the bator to about 65% maybe even 70%. Right now put it under a heat lamp in the towel and keep it warm and moist.

    After thought....You might get away with just the heat lamp and a moist towel. It needs to absorb the yolk sack before it hatches.

    Good Luck!!
     
  3. Lil Chickie Mama

    Lil Chickie Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know anything about hatching but logically I would assume for just one chick that if you have the time to keep an eye on it you should be able to get away with just keeping the membrane moist with a paper towel (use warm water) and the heat lamp, that way it's easy to watch and replace moisture when necessary. Good luck!
     
  4. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    good luck good luck good luck!
     
  5. joyful-homemaker

    joyful-homemaker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was unable to get a bator last nite:(. I checked on it before bed and momma had kicked it out and it was cold. I tucked it under her wing just in case it had any chance but it was no longer moving.
    To my amazement, I went out this morning and heard very loud baby chirping! It had piped! I took your suggestions and wrapped it in a warm wet paper towell. I removed a tiny bit of the membrane that was stuck to the beak, then put the whole thing back under momma. She didn't even mind the paper towell! While doing this i discovered another piped one and one rocking and chirping. I have pictures but forget how to post them.
     
  6. joyful-homemaker

    joyful-homemaker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sorry these are so blurry but they give you a good idea of what the egg looks like
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    if the chick does hatch out ok, I will post pics![​IMG]
     
  7. joyful-homemaker

    joyful-homemaker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    its hatched! the shell/membrane is still stuck slightly to its umbilical area, is this normal?
     
  8. Grampa with chickens

    Grampa with chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes it is normal. Congrats on the new baby. [​IMG]

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  9. joyful-homemaker

    joyful-homemaker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the chick looks good, but weak. It cant seem to hold its head up very well yet. I hope that improves with time. I checked on mama and found another egg the same way. Apparently mama thinks her chicks are snacks. I removed the rest of the eggs and put all but the new shell less one under my other broody.
     
  10. joyful-homemaker

    joyful-homemaker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    momma tore into three eggs, all of which are hatched now. They are all doing well
     

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