overdue egg

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by JCoogle, Dec 31, 2009.

  1. JCoogle

    JCoogle Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had an egg that was on day 24 of lockdown. I decided to candle it to see if there was any movement. There wasn't so I decided to open it up to see what was wrong. When I opened it the chick was fully formed and the yoke was asorbed, but there was no skull cap and the brain was out of the chick. Is there a reason that this would have happened besides mother nature?
     
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2009
  2. rocketdog312

    rocketdog312 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    birth defect most likely. Its probably just a fluke but incorrect temp/humidity/rotations per day can affect these kinds of things.
     
  3. JCoogle

    JCoogle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well I have a few more that are due over the next few days. I guess that will be the test on my homemade incubator.
     
  4. mtnkids

    mtnkids Out Of The Brooder

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    Was it a silkie by chance? I was just reading a post on here the other day about someone having the same thing happen with a silkie baby, and they were thinking it was possibly linked to the crest or something of that sort. You might want to search for that?

    Editing to add link of that thread.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=279624
     
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  5. JCoogle

    JCoogle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes it was a silkie. I have another pipping right now.
     
  6. fancbrd4me02

    fancbrd4me02 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think that there is a higher incidence of cranial birth defects in breeds with crests/vaulted like Silkies, polish, etc.
     
  7. JCoogle

    JCoogle Chillin' With My Peeps

    I hope that is the last time I see this. It was heartbreaking.
     

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