weight of a egg

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by peckerbird, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. peckerbird

    peckerbird New Egg

    Sep 27, 2010
    my 6 year old son ask me this question, "does a chicken egg weigh the same as the first day its layed as the last day before it pips?" i told him i have know idea and would try and find out, does anybody know?
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    It should weigh less because it loses water


    During the incubation process, the embryo¬ís weight loses continually. The lower the humidity is, the more the weight loss is. As for chicken eggs, the best weight loss rate until 20th day is 12%-13%, and with a daily weight loss rate of 0.6%-0.65%. Any weight loss rate out of this range requires a humidity adjustment. There are many factors affecting the weight loss of the hatching eggs. The weight loss may vary for different kind of species, or under different conditions. In term of the same species, under the same conditions, the egg with thicker shell lose less weight than egg with thinner egg shell, and that with less shell surface loses less than that with more egg shell surface. The egg with low ventilating ability loses less weight than that with high ventilating ability. Besides, the size of the ventilation fans, the wind speed, ventilation volume, environmental humidity could affect the weight loss of hatching eggs. Therefore, the best method to set humidity is to check the weight loss rate of the hatching eggs, so as to judge the appropriateness of humidity.​
  3. rosegal

    rosegal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 6, 2008
    Tustin, CA
    Can you use weight loss as a method for determining chick growth and viability?

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