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Over 24 hours and still just a pip in the egg; also smelly and mama hen pushed the egg aside in the

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Lobzi, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. Lobzi

    Lobzi Crowing 10 Years

    Is it normal for a pipped egg to take over 24 hours to make any progress? And what it the chick is alive in there but the egg smells really bad and the mama hen has pushed it aside...what is going on? Does the smell indicate something is wrong with baby chick?
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    Most eggs complete pipping within 4-12 hours, though some may take a day. But if the egg smells bad, then the chick has probably died and bacteria are multiplying. I would candle the egg and check for any signs of movement; if you see none, either open up the egg or throw it away. A bad egg will only cause problems with other healthy chicks.

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