Ha! You made me laugh with the nose prints thing. I think I probably have a million too! So we are at day 21.5 here and a lot has gone on since last night. 2 of the shipped BLRWyandottes have hatched!!! WOOOOHOOOO! And they are hilarious. Thinking about calling them "Willy" and "Nilly". I've had a really sad thing happen though. The first little one to pip, pipped at the wrong end. I had such a terrible hatch last time, that I didn't want to open the bator because the other two had also pipped and were working pretty furiously. The upside down one is no longer doing anything and has been still since 3 am. So I am Totally second guessing myself. Should I have gone in and assisted the upside down pipper and risked a no hatch for the other two? Argh. The last hatch when I opened the incubator everything turned into one disaster. So . . . that is 3/10 of the shipped eggs that have pipped. 2/10 made it! Since early this morning I have had 3 more pips from the shipped eggs, but seems to be no progress since then. The two chicks that did hatch seem to have that yellow concretey stuff on them. They are only partly fluffy. Not wet, just like something is on them that won't let their down fluff.
Help Please. Any advice appreciated! I have 3 hygrometers in and they are averaging around 69 right now. It had gone up to about 75 after both chicks hatched, but now seems to have settled back down.
Should I really try to boost humidity right now to help the pippers? Or am I just being impatient and it may take quite a while for the other 3 pips to start zipping? The membranes from the two hatched chicks in the shells is really looking hard and crusty yellowish. Does that mean that all of the membranes on the ones that have pipped have turned hard now since it's taking a while and they can't get out anymore?
BTW< I am hatching in a forced air styro bator.
Hi and sorry it took me so long to reply. My 2 youngest kids have been sick and I ended up getting it too 😕
For your chicks with the dried residue, you can use a washcloth with warm water to remove it. If it's really stuck on, you'll need to get them pretty wet but keep the water plenty warm and get the chick back under heat quickly. Watch the nostrils as you clean the face and head. I actually had one this hatch that the eyes sealed shut!
Congrats on your BLRW's!! I hope the others are making progress this morning. If membranes look dried and yellow or brown, you can wet them carefully with water on a q tip or can try applying a bit of triple antibiotic ointment with a q tip to the exposed membrane being VERY careful not to apply water or ointment around the nostrils. This should help keep the membranes from drying out further.
Sometimes wrong end pippers hatch just fine on their own. I had 3 last week: 2 chicks hatched with no help needed, 1 needed help. They don't internally pip like a large end pip so when you see them at the wrong end, they seem to take longer to start zipping slower but that chick is actually just starting to breathe air and still needs time to rest and absorb the blood and yolk. Chicks that pip into the air cell normally have started this process before the external pip.
I give them 24 hours after pipping (right or wrong end) before I think about intervening.
Also, are your hygrometers calibrated? If not, your humidity readings could be off and you may be running lower than you think which might explain some of the drying issues going on.