porous egg... what to do?

BBloves

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 14, 2014
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Incubating is on day 12. I have 1 porous egg. Candled today... There is an air pocket and a dark shadow of a fetus in there but no movement that I can see... There is one really dark area right next to the air pocket but it's still. What should I do? I don't want an explosion but I don't want to kill a chick either.... Help!
 

Egghead_Jr

Crowing
9 Years
Oct 16, 2010
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Let it incubate. You wont see all the action as porous shells are hard to see into but you will see the shadow of chick getting bigger.

It's very rare for an egg to explode. I don't even know if a chicken egg will fill with that much bacteria in 21 days to do so. It seems more likely with a duck egg as they take 28 days.
 

BBloves

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 14, 2014
24
2
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Thank you. I'm just so worried! It's my first hatch and is so stressful and exciting at the same time!
 

paddyg84

Chirping
6 Years
Mar 5, 2013
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I am in my first hatch too. So porous eggs can possibly hatch ok? I noticed a couple of porous ones at day 7 when I candled. Hopefully yours hatch fine.
 

paddyg84

Chirping
6 Years
Mar 5, 2013
135
3
83
Well that's a relief. I have a broody sitting on them so fingers crossed no operator error
 
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