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Should I help them hatch?

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My chicken eggs are on day 24 today. I know that late hatch can be a result of too low a temperature (which has been a struggle with my Little Giant incubator). One hatched yesterday morning, and another one hatched just now. They each had a pip the day before they hatched. I needed to slightly assist the second one last night because of how dry the membrane was but let him/her break out of the rest of it on her own this morning. The others have no pips but I am concerned that their membranes are dry as well? I don't hear scraping when I hold them up to my ear. Should I peel back a little bit of shell where the air pocket is marked?
post #2 of 9

Maybe you could ask in this thread http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1046313/incubating-w-friends-come-hatch-learn-chat-meet-new-friends Lots of helpful people over there.

 

Or you could read this http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/step-by-step-guide-to-assisted-hatching but might be too much to read through

17+ pigeons, about 20 coturnix quail, 10 chickens and 2 angora rabbits
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17+ pigeons, about 20 coturnix quail, 10 chickens and 2 angora rabbits
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post #3 of 9

What kind of bator do you have? Is it the circulated air digital little giant bator? or the still air little giant bator?

 

BCP


Edited by BoomChickaPop - 3/15/16 at 10:56am
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Hi Lozuufy:frow 

 

BCP


Edited by BoomChickaPop - 3/15/16 at 10:55am
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Hi Lozuufy:frow


Hi BCP :frow

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post #6 of 9

What I usually do is candle the eggs to see where the beak is at, then make a small hole and help it out.

But make sure that the chick can breath and that when you peel there isn't alot of blood. It is very easy to pop the blodd vessels.

 

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This little chick was the only surviver from my little giant bator. She hatched at day 23 We had to help her out. The membrane was very dry.

My other eggs never pipped and just died

 

Hope this helps

 

Good Luck

 

BCP

post #7 of 9
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I have a still air Little Giant. I decided to open them to find none of the yolks were absorbed at all and I believe they were all already dead. 2 out of 22 eggs hatched. It was pretty disappointing but I ordered a Hovabator today and plan on switching my second and third batch of eggs over to it as soon as it arrives. Not impressed with the Little Giant, unfortunately. Thank you for all your input!
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I have a still air Little Giant. I decided to open them to find none of the yolks were absorbed at all and I believe they were all already dead. 2 out of 22 eggs hatched. It was pretty disappointing but I ordered a Hovabator today and plan on switching my second and third batch of eggs over to it as soon as it arrives. Not impressed with the Little Giant, unfortunately. Thank you for all your input!


Sorry to hear that. Hope you have better luck with your next hatches though!

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17+ pigeons, about 20 coturnix quail, 10 chickens and 2 angora rabbits
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post #9 of 9
I'm in a similar situation. .not sure what to do. Discovered yesterday day 23 that mine incubated 4-5 degrees too low all along. Candles but these are maran eggs..can only see nice big air sac. Did float test and 6 our of 12 kicking. No pips no peeps? Due to the low temps and knowing the 6 are alive what can I do? How long do I wait?
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