DAY 21 - IN WHICH, TOO LITTLE MOISTURE LOSS
BITES ME IN THE BUTT!
Well, well, well. I awoke to more pips and the same pip. UGH! I do not like to assist, I dream of the hatch when I am the "MASTER INCUBATOR A LA CHIKON!" and all my eggs pop open by themselves and turn into fluffy chicks. But, this hatch was not that hatch.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, my air cells were looking a little small. Meaning my chicks were not losing enough water in their egg. Well, besides not having as much room to take their first internal breath I found out a second consequence. When your chick pips and zips, the extra goo that is still left in the egg from too little moisture loss, once exposed to air, turns into glue. And, then concrete.
Effectively adhering your chick to it's own shell or body or both! And, preventing it from completing a hatch.
This is called Sticky Chick or Wet Sticky
And that's what I have.
After waiting 24 hours after my first chick pipped, I sought advice and decided to take it out and assist it SLOWLY.
To Prepare for this I:
1. READ THE ASSISTED HATCH GUIDELINES FOUND ON THIS WEBSITE!!!
2. Got a hot wet washcloth to put the egg/chick in once out
3. Got a fine mist water bottle with hot water to mist the 'bator so it does not drop humidity when I open it.
4. Grabbed clean Tweezers to slowly and gently chip away the egg shell
5. Had a trickle of warm water running in the bathroom sink to help losen any stuck parts
#1's Pip, I accidently knocked off a large chunk of lose shell when taking him out of the bator
When peeling back the outer membrane on pip #1 I noticed the blood vessels in the inner membrane were still a little active, so I misted the egg and stuck it back in Uglybator. I don't want chicks bleeding out if I don't have to! Then I went and fattened myself on a Thanksgiving meal at my parents.
When we came back home pip #1 still hadn't done anything (MAN!). At this point it has been 36 hours since it pipped. I also noticed a second pip had started to zip, and looked sketchy (Not again!!!)
I pulled #1 out again, misted Uglybator and went to work freeing the little guy from his eggy prison! The big hold up was the fact that his wing was glued to his head. Go figure. As soon as I softened the area up with water (very carefully to not get any in his nose!) he jerked his head up and started kicking! So I popped him back in Uglybator where he kicked free of his egg and lay panting, looking for all the world like someone had just dipped him in hair gel. LOL
#2 and his zip at 3 hours.
#2 Hadn't moved in all this time. Double Drat! After asking around (even though I already knew, I wanted comfirmation!) I popped him out also and helped unglue him. It has been 3 hours since I notice him ZIPPING (different from a pip!). He was very well glued to the shell and membrane of his egg. The bottom of his egg was filled with lots of yellow goo. He too was very active once freed. I noticed his naval has the cord still attached and was a touch red, maybe bleeding a little? To be extra cautious I rinsed it off and gave it a dab or cornstarch to help it finish. I then gave it a zap (CAREFULLY!) with a hairdryer on low and popped him back in Uglybator.
Where they are going crazy with all their squawking! Holy-Moly are they NOISY!
Anyway, I hope you can learn from my mistakes and make EXTRA sure your air cells are nice,
so you don't end up with superglue chickens like me!
Oh well, 2 Chicks out!!! Yeah!!
Edited by venymae - 11/26/15 at 11:45pm