This is our first time incubating eggs. The egg I need to ask about had a really odd start, so I'll take a minute to tell the whole tale.
We have chickens, and our cream legbar went broody. Try and try we couldn't break her, over a week, so we figured we'd order eggs for her to sit on (more rhodebars, I wanted an autosexing breed, ordered from someone well-reviewed on eBay and not too far away from us geographically) and an incubator to heat the rest. While waiting for the eggs to arrive, our rhodebar went broody. So we gave them each a couple eggs to sit on and put the rest in the incubator (Brinsea Mini Eco). So it was obviously a spur-of-the-moment decision.
The rhodebar didn't commit to her broodiness and was on and off her eggs quite a bit, so after a couple days, once the incubator arrived (the eggs got here way faster than the incubator, so we started the chickens with eggs before it arrived) we took her eggs from her and put them with the others. So those eggs got sort of an on-and-off head start to the others we still have left after candling and culling. We figured today would be hatch day for the eggs left that started under chickens, and tomorrow/Saturday for the eggs started later.
Long story short, in the incubator we have three eggs due to hatch in a day or so from now, and one that we figured would hatch today-ish.
So the egg in question, the one that was under the rhodebar, moved to the bator.
She pipped yesterday, on the wrong end of the egg. She actually popped quite a hunk of shell off, but did not pierce the membrane. I figured if she was pipping but in the wrong end and not piercing the membrane (and I watched her fight awhile and not pierce it) that she might be getting pretty desperate for air, considering logically she couldn't really get any because she wasn't in the air sac. So I dabbed the exposed membrane with a little water, could see a couple little veins, and managed to clip just a tiny hole in the membrane without drawing any blood. She immediately began gasping very hard, and I felt I'd made the right call. I still do feel I made the right call there.
So, that was about 26 hours ago. I figured it would take her awhile to zip because of the veins I could see in the membrane anyway, that she didn't have that internal pip time to warm up her lungs and absorb yolk, so that most of the yolk absorbing would need to happen while she was externally pipped.
About noon today, it looks like she might have knocked into her pip hole pretty good, either maybe in an attempt to zip or just on accident, and knicked one of those veins I saw pretty good. There's a dime-sized blood spot that dripped onto the floor of the bator (I also have that rubber no-skid padding in there). I suspect, however, that my well-meaning but impulsive children snuck in and opened the incubator, as I feel like the egg was moved. They swear up and down that they didn't but they are kids, and despite my warning didn't realize the potential consequences. I am slightly worried about shrink wrapping, but the humidity is good and I know they didn't have it open for more than 45 seconds (I had a camera set up taking time lapse pictures, and they knew it, and snuck in in between shutter clicks).
With a flashlight in the hole, I can see that the chick is still moving and breathing. I haven't heard her peep at all. She responds to noise and gets more active.
Please reassure me that I shouldn't do anything, to let her do her thing and if she hatches she hatches, and if she doesn't then it wasn't meant to be. That's my plan. But if that's not a good plan, let me know, too. Is there a point where you would intervene at all? And THANK YOU for reading all this, I know it's practically a doctoral thesis at this point.
Edited by daisydog16 - 4/28/16 at 3:05pm