Originally Posted by flocktastic
So this egg has been pipped with that hole for quite awhile now...not 100% sure how long because I had to be gone a good part of the day but it hasn't made any progress in the couple hours I've been home...how long should I wait?? I'm not a picker and don't like to assist but if I NEED to, in order to save one, I totally will...
This is what I would do, 1st I would check to see if the membrane is dried out and if the chick is stuck, next I would mist the egg especially where the pip is but don't drown it. You just want to moisten the membrane. In the morning if the chick hasn't hatched. You can take a pair of tweezers and pick a little around the pip and check the chick. If it is ok carefully pull back a little more of the shell. If you see any blood, stop and wrap the egg in a moist towel and put it back in the incubator . In a few hours check it again and make sure it's ok and not stuck pull a little more shell away and if there is any blood, stop and wrap it in a moist paper towel and put it back into the hatcher and after awhile repeat the process and if need be,put a moist towel around the egg and put it back in the incubator. If for any reason I have to open my hatcher, I always have a mister with warm water in it and mist the eggs. Often times even though a chick may pip it may not hatch for around 24 hours and sometimes hasn't absorbed all of the yolk. Remember, NOT all chicks are going to make it but most do. Probably, for whatever reason, it's not meant to be. Good luck and have fun.
Edited by cmom - 4/30/16 at 7:16pm