Originally Posted by Ardizzone7
I ended up using a paper towel to dry the area near the beak and face. The body was drying out so I put a wet paper towel on it. Later it had progressed but stopped again so wetted the body and peeled a little of the shell back. I stayed with it until it hatch. Thank goodness! It seems to be pretty healthy 😊
Now I have another question, my humidity dropped to 52% today while I was gone. I have 5 more eggs that I expected to pip today and they did not. Would the drop in humidity affect the ones that didn't pop? I have the humidity back up to 70%. I am hoping they will continue to hatch like they should. Am I correct?
The drop in humidity with them not having pipped shouldn't make them not pip. The biggest risk you have with low humidity at hatch is the possibility that the membranes will dry out and either glue themselves to the chick or possibly shrink wrap around the chick. Either way it prevents the chick from progressing. If you got the humidit back up then if they are going to pip, they should without problem. If for some reason they don't, it should not be because the humidity dropped prior to pipping. If those eggs were in cool spots in the bator or the average temp was a little lower they could show a delay. If the humidity was too high over the average of incubation, and the eggs did not lose enough moisture, there is a possibility of having chicks DIS.
Congrats on the little one. Glad he/she made it.