Originally Posted by Purplelove
We broke the eggs when we were sure they were dead and 5 out of the 9 were fully developed....plus the 1 that we have now.
How will I know when the vascular system shuts down?
How do I do a assisted hatch?
I'm sorry for all the questions...I'm new to all this and I have no idea what to do.
Thank u for ALL ur help!
When the veining in the membranes start to receed-get small and dissapear, that's when the vascular system is shutting down. It starts shutting down around the air cell first and makes it's way down the egg. When you can start to remove shell w/out seeing veins, get some water and q-tips. Wet the q-tip moisten the membrane and you can see veining better. With tweezers gently start to break away the shell around the pip, if the membrane does not have veining you can gently pull that back too. Work in five minute increments, (unless you run into veining or bleeding-then stop immedietly.) Once you've done a bit replace it to the incubator to rest, get warm and give it a chance to progress on it's own. I usually give 1/2 break time in between helping. Continue that until you are able to free the chick.
So the other's basically made it to lockdown before they died? What kind of incubator are you using, what where your temps and humidity for the first 17 days and when you opened them was there a lot of excess fluid in the egg? We may be able to help you if you decide to try again.