Originally Posted by FridayYet
It can be really hard to hatch eggs of different colors and different sizes, since light eggs seem to lose weight faster, and dark eggs lose slower.
I avoid putting my green EE eggs in with my Orloffs since my green eggs do better at a lower humidity. Just makes it easier to have a more uniform hatch.
Yes, As soon as I recieved Ruby's eggs I knew putting the 4 lg greens I had collected were going to be risky. I've had real good luck doing different mixes/breeds so far, but they've all been close in size and shell quality. This one really was an obvious chance. One I will not do again.
Originally Posted by James Beller
It is better to let the chick live then have kulled it your self. If blood veins are present do not help the chick any longer. Unfortunately i had to learn this the hard way several times being so stubborn. I feel that if the chick does move it will be perfectly fine. However if it has not hatched within 24 hours of breaking the shell to make a whole i would suggest further help as needed. My mother hen who has 100% hatch rate did have 1 die because i had help it too much. it does make me sad that i did cull it but i believe that if the chick does move it will not need any more help. The one i did help had bleed to death because i had helped it. Every situation is different but needs to be handled carefully and to the best of ability. The chick will be very fragile at this stage so it is best to leave it be when it does hatch until it dries off. When the chick dries off and is not moving much still i would recommend getting it vitamin water and food mesh with warm water mixed in. It is also helpful to keep an eye on other chicks so that they do not cull it. This had also happend to one the other chicks had broken its neck by running all over it.
An assist shouldn't be done before 18-24 hours and IF ONLY the veining has retracted in the membrane. To do it before is a death sentence for the chick. I have only had one assist not make it to full grown healthy chicken and that chick lived 9 days, but had digestive issues. Knock on wood, I have never had to cull an assist. And movement does not assure that it'll be fine, especially in the case of malepositioned. I had one chick that was a #5 maleposition. It would have never made it w/o an assist due to the positioning. She ended up being a healthy happy member of the flock, one of my top egg producers.
I always use sav a chick in the water for the first 2-3 days after hatch. I think the electrolytes benefit all the chicks.
You said if it has not hatched w/in 24 hours of breaking the shell to make a hole...another guideline I set for myself, they do the pipping themselves. It is a rare case that I would recommend taking that step.
However, this thread is not a place to debate whether assisting should be done, it is a thread for those of us that do choose to assit to be able to do so.