Should I hatch eggs from Chickens that may have CRD

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by magikk, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. magikk

    magikk Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 25, 2008
    central PA
    Hi Everyone,A few of my hens are sick & I suspect Chronic Respitory Diasease.We had planned to put our first eggs in the incubator this week.Should I use the eggs from these girls? Will the disease be in the eggs?We never hatched eggs before & where really looking forward to it.I got an old Brower top hatch in a trade & finally got the humidity up to where we can set eggs,but I'm not sure if I should.Only 3 of my 43 hens showed signs of being sick.They had snotty bubbly eyes but that has cleared up now & my bantam Stanley has a wheeze in her chest but she's getting antibiotics.So what do you think is it ok to use the eggs from my other girls who showed no signs of sickness.If we do set the eggs I'm sure I'll be back with alot more questions.
    Thanks Mike
  2. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    CRD is transmitted through hatching the eggs.
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Lurky is correct.
  4. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

    Jan 26, 2007
    Mountains of NC
  5. Laskaland

    Laskaland ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn

    Aug 2, 2008
    And... if you are like will hatch them, fall in love...and have to cull when they are older and even more adorable....Nothing but heartbreak. CRD sux....

    ETA: I did not know these eggs were contaminated as I purchased from ebay [​IMG]
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2009
  6. jimnjay

    jimnjay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    That is why they named it CHRONIC, why take a chance?
  7. magikk

    magikk Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 25, 2008
    central PA
    Hi again,If one of my birds has this virus would it infect my other bird even though they show no symtoms.& if so I heard that they will always be a carrier of the virus.So I'll always have this in my flock then? Would hatching their eggs & vacinating the chicks do any good? thanks Mike
  8. magikk

    magikk Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 25, 2008
    central PA
    Do you think I'd be ok hatching eggs from my other girls who show no signs of being sick.Thanks Mike
  9. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    Most likely all your birds are infected. From your other post, I see you really don't know what this is.

    It would be wise to contact a vet in your area to see if you can get a swab from the birds throat to verify what disease process you have going on.

    This could also be Infectious Bronchitis. I don't recall if it is transmitted through the egg, but it can cause egg abnormalities.

    I would find out first what your birds have.

    If it is MG, I believe you can hatch for your own purposes, and I think the offspring may have better resistance to it. I would contact an avian vet though to be sure, cuz I may just be "off my rocker". [​IMG]

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