Originally Posted by flocktastic
Any chance a chick hasn't pipped but would still survive if assisted? Day 22 starts in about an hour and a half and I left 8 eggs in the incubator that hadn't pipped (can't really see if there's an internal pip because shell is too dark) I swear I keep hearing a phantom CHEEP over there once in awhil but not sure if I'm crazy or what...because I see ZERO evidence of any pips...thoughts? How long would you wait to finally help??
I normally toss my unhatched eggs on day 23, but if you want to check to see if there's life in the remaining eggs, you could do a float test to see if any are wiggling on day 22 1/2. Make sure the water's plenty warm (around 100F), and don't keep them out of the incubator long at all so they don't shrink-wrap. I'd also start by opening the air cell a tiny bit to see if there's movement. You may have to swab the membrane with a damp Q-tip to see through it. If you see movement and no blood vessels, slowly start tearing the membrane and removing small pieces of shell until you find the beak. Once you reach the beak and open an airway for it... stop and see if the chick can make it out on it's own. You don't want to open the shell any more than necessary, in case it hasn't absorbed the yolk. If it hasn't come out after 24 hours of artificially pipping it, then you should try to go farther. They usually don't hatch with the others for a reason, but if you want to take a chance on them, go for it. Nothing ventured, nothing gained... right? Good luck and keep us posted!
Edited by Ur-ur-ur-urrr - 5/1/16 at 7:52pm