Please explain this to me

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by silkiechick05, May 22, 2010.

  1. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Songster

    Sep 27, 2009
    North Texas
    Why is it that a little chick develops all 21 days and then fails to hatch?

    It is sad to know they are so close to life but then die.

  2. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    I know, I hate that too. It's so sad. But there are just SO many reasons it can happen, and in a way it's one of nature's tests. Sometimes the baby doesn't hatch because there is something wrong with it--it's not strong enough, or it's deformed in some way. More often in artificial incubation, it has to do with something that went wrong during incubation. Too much humidity can cause the air cell not to develop well, and the little one may not be able to get its nose into the air far enough to breathe, and it drowns. Not enough humidity can cause the membrane to dry out and the little one can't punch through.

    I do help babies pretty often when they get stuck. Sometimes they end up crippled, and then I know it was nature's test and they failed it. Sometimes they end up just fine, and I'm always glad I helped.

    In the grand scheme of things, though, I have to remind myself that in the wild they would have an even worse chance of survival. It's a brutal world out there. So although I make mistakes and don't always do things perfectly, I'm giving them a chance they wouldn't have had otherwise.

    And I believe that those little souls don't just disappear. They're on to some new adventure--I don't personally know what that adventure is, whether it's heaven or a new life or some other plane of existence altogether--but I believe it's something wonderful, and so I don't get to feeling too sad about it.
  3. Redcatcher

    Redcatcher Songster

    May 7, 2010
    At My Desk!
    I know how you feel. When it comes to incubating eggs, everything that happened during the incubation period is going to have an impact on the 21st day. Every single spike and every single drop in temperature is all going to come back to haunt you. Many embryos that appear to be thriving early on are already "dead"...They just do not know it yet.
    Last edited: May 22, 2010

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