1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

When to throw away unhatched eggs, and what to do with them?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ritzzy, May 11, 2010.

  1. ritzzy

    ritzzy Chillin' With My Peeps

    140
    0
    109
    Apr 24, 2010
    Crystal Lake IL
    Since this is my first hatch, I have absolutely no idea what to do with the eggs that did not hatch. Just the garbage? Or what? I just have two that didn't hatch and neiter have any movement whatsoever. You can see where they internally piped though.
    Any ideas?
     
  2. lemurchaser

    lemurchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

    938
    2
    151
    Apr 11, 2008
    Corvallis, OR
    I just toss them in the garbage. I've also given the fully formed, died in the shell (or right after hatching) chicks as snake food to a friend of mine.
     
  3. chickintexas

    chickintexas Chillin' With My Peeps

    669
    1
    141
    Mar 19, 2010
    Spring Branch
    I toss mine in the trash, too. I don't want to attract more predators by tossing them out back. [​IMG]
     
  4. ritzzy

    ritzzy Chillin' With My Peeps

    140
    0
    109
    Apr 24, 2010
    Crystal Lake IL
    Okay, thanks! It is day 23 (Day 24 starting at 4:00pm today) so, should I open them or wait? Just in case....I don't want to be one of those that finds a live chick still in there
     
  5. medan

    medan Chillin' With My Peeps

    170
    0
    109
    Apr 1, 2010
    I open the egg and look at the chick I compare it with some pictures online to see what the cause of death is and try to figuer out how to improve the next hatch you can tell what day they died or close by the stage of development
     
  6. ritzzy

    ritzzy Chillin' With My Peeps

    140
    0
    109
    Apr 24, 2010
    Crystal Lake IL
    I opened both eggs just at the top. Looks like one was shrink wrapped and had a bunch of liquid in there and didn't even internally pip, and the other, just a few pecks away from a pip [​IMG] You can actually see where he wore down the shell to pip. Possible causes of death?
     
    Last edited: May 11, 2010
  7. ritzzy

    ritzzy Chillin' With My Peeps

    140
    0
    109
    Apr 24, 2010
    Crystal Lake IL
    I did a complete egg disection, and turns out the first egg, died somewhere around day 18-20. Unmistakeably, the intestines are on the outside, and the yolk was never absorbed. The second egg, well, i see no possible reason why this chick couldn't have hatched. It was fully developed, yolk absorbed, everything.
     
  8. Julie08

    Julie08 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2008
    Ontario, Canada
    I put them in the freezer for a day before tossing just incase...... well I have been, I dont know if I will continue this practice.
     
  9. medan

    medan Chillin' With My Peeps

    170
    0
    109
    Apr 1, 2010
    I think your humidity is too low at some point 55% for setting and 75 % or so at hatch ?
     
    Last edited: May 11, 2010
  10. ritzzy

    ritzzy Chillin' With My Peeps

    140
    0
    109
    Apr 24, 2010
    Crystal Lake IL
    Yeah, I have had an awful time keeping the humidity steady [​IMG] . Plus, I don't think it helps that my hygrometer is a cheap thing from wal-mart... [​IMG]

    My humidity has always been 45-50 for incubation and I try to get it to 65 but it never really gets back 62% for more than an hour [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: May 11, 2010

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by