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Sniper and Jackie are on 4 eggs. She has been sitting tight since before she started laying. All 4 are fertile and alive, but the youngest is very odd. He seems to only be developing in half of his shell. This egg was laid on October 15, this picture was taken a couple of days ago. It isn't a great picture, but hopefully you can see a little of what I mean. At first I thought it was EED (early embryonic death) but there is no blood ring, vessels continue to develop, and today I actually saw movement. The little guy is alive. So...

-Does anyone know what would cause what seems like a giant air cell in only one egg? All others are developing normally.
-Do you have any ideas of what I could do to increase his chances of survival?

I will try for a better picture later, but it requires my husband to cooperate and he is convinced that if I so much as open the box I am dooming the babies.


 

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I looked at that thread; it is most likely not dehydration. I live in a very humid climate, the mother bathes, and the other 3 eggs are developing normally. I also don't think it is lack of being turned because she IS turning it.
 

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Does the air cell seem to oscillate when you move the egg? If so, its a damaged air cell. I have a hen who is infamous for these. Usually the chick does not make it.
 

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No it is fixed in place. This is her third clutch, and up to this point she has had a 100% hatch rate.
 
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