I know you are not supposed to help them out,but if they just make a hole and stop,i help them out,most live,I got up the other morning had one that just pipped and was dead. I am hatching texas a+m white quail
Chick pipped over 24 hrs ago - Page 2
Second chick is finally unzipping! First one is still alive and resting-think humidity wasn't high enough! Sure wish I knew what I know now about the inner membrane & blood vessels & yolk being absorbed. Looks like the humidity gauge is out of calibration when the power went out, too. I now have a wet sponge & wet towels in the incubator. Read guine chicks need 70-75% humidity for hatching.
Edited by chonsey - 11/8/15 at 8:31pm
First chick has been stretching and kicking, unable to stand - wry neck? Found a recipe that was from someone's post here at backyard chickens and tried it: honey & water & vitamin e & yolk & selenium. Second one was just sprawled out when I got home from work. GAve honey and water to the second one. They are both bouncing around the incubator, while chick number 3 is pipping upside down? Put a wet towel around the hatching chick. Had to help get some of the shell off of his face so he could breathe better, his peep got muffled, so I intervened. These chicks seemed too big for the shells, or they needed more humidity during incubating? The upside down one had a saddled air cell while developing from rough transit during shipping? Crazy looking and very big compared to the others when it was first developing. As long as they were developing, I left them in. Had humidity in the incubator around 50, now I'll be trying for 53-55. Just went and bought another thermometer with a humidity and comfort scale to put inside the incubator to compare to the gauge on top of the incubator. I just about gave up on them, kept thinking about them at work, came home found the post about the mother could have been vitamin deficient and suggested this recipe - ran out to a 24hr store and bought vitamin e and selenium - and mixed it up! Wow! What a difference!
Thank you for sharing that you help them out. Most seem to suggest, let nature take it's course. Well, putting eggs in a carton and then boxing them up and putting them on a truck or plane and being transported from another state to Michigan isn't exactly au naturel. And a power jolt to the incubator didn't help, glad I was there to turn down the temp when it soared. Not the little chicks fault he pipped early on account of that. Just glad, I got over my fear of helping them get hatched. Hope your hatch is successful, I love quail.