Originally Posted by quackshack74
RubyNala97 & AmyLynn2374 & RayvnFallen
Just Candled ;-) & more drawback from the more pokey egg.
Think I saw her starting to work on the internal pip.
I'm feeling a little better they are getting there.
as the membrane continues to draw down you will see it start to form around the chick. Underneath, where it is the highest (if you know what I mean) you will be able to see the outline of the chick. And you will see the chick moving and pushing on the membrane. Then they will internally pip. Just hang in there!!
Originally Posted by feathersInfirst
So after 4+ days of one of my babies trying to hatch, I finally had to get in there and help him out! I made sure the humidity was super high all morning and wrapped a wet paper towel around the egg. It worked great! A few hours later I was able to get the shell off successfully without harming the duckling. Poor little guy was so weak though
much much much weaker than my the ones that hatched in good time. He has a very crooked neck, can't walk well, and seems to have a nonfunctional wing. But boy does he make up for all that in character!! We have named him Trooper because he's been such a trooper! Any suggestions on anything I might do to help him? I have heard of adding Brewers yeast to their food
Good job helping him!! I love the ones that keeping fighting no matter what! He deserves that name!
Originally Posted by Thistledewfarm
I have a chick!!! Saw it hatch!!
Now it's over trying to help her friend!! It was literally pecking it's friends egg!! Is this common?
Congrats!! It's telling it's brother or sister to get a move on it!!
Originally Posted by cajun41887
I have 10 eggs under a broody hen. As of this afternoon, 8 are hatched and doing well. Other 2 eggs were still under hen. Checked on her tonight and she's off the 2 eggs. One has been pipped and no further progress since this morning. Chick is ALIVE and i can hear cheeping and feel movement. Other egg is nearly zipped and I can see feathers of chick, but has been zipped like this since this morning. I put eggs back under hen. This is my first hatch. Do I help, do I not? I don't want to help too early, but I don't want to wait too long either. Any thought on what I should do? Strange to me that mama would get off of them when she was a committed sitter. This is her first brood. She's being a good mama showing other chicks where water is and food. Just concerned that she was sitting on other side of nest with all her hatched chicks, and the eggs were just left. Eggs were due to start hatching today, but we had our first arrival yesterday morning and was completely fluffy and dry at 10 am. We live in Florida and it's hot and humid here, so I wonder if that's why they started early?
I saw your other quotes and agree with what everyone said. If that chick did start zipping then it's ready probably just stuck. Pull the white outter membrane off or out of the way a little and see what's going on. It probably just needs a little help. You can use q-tips with warm water to help if the inner membrane is dried out or stick to the chick. But it needs to come out!!
Oh yeah, I almost forgot, if you have any questions or get nervous post a pic if you can. That's always really helpful when giving advice for assists.
Originally Posted by Zgm12
I have a forced air Janoel incubator and the weather has been good this last week, pretty consistent. My temperature was around 38 degrees (I know it's a little high but the thermometer is right under the fan). Humidity was around 45%~55% for the first two weeks and I kept it at around 55-68 (mainly on the high side) for lockdown. They were shipped eggs, so I'm guessing that was my main problem.
What breed are you trying to hatch? Shipped eggs are notorious for dying in lockdown. My last batch of shipped call eggs ALL died day before hatch day. Are you going to try shipped again? Did you turn them right away? Were they laying flat or upright in cartons? How were the air cells when they arrived?