Please help. Did my embryo die? - Page 4
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I know with my turkeys if they get stuck they look like a sewing machine all bound up. The beak goes in and out but it does not go around, and they will do bursts of yelling "HEY! Get me outta here!" Then and only then will I interfere, chipping at the edge of the pip and pulling the membrane free if stuck.
Absolutely. But it all comes down to timing. I prefer to never interfere (aka "assist") because the varieties I hatch should hatch readily if I hold up my part with correct incubation and hatching conditions. But, being human and relying on machinery, it's an imperfect attempt. I do lose a few waiting too long and they get exhausted and die before I go in, but it's preferable to delivering a premature baby with a protruding yolk and bleeding its precious little bit of blood.
With chicks or turkeys, if they struggle and yell, they are generally ready. Gentle inquisitive peeping doesn't count. If they rock and roll and yell then I will extend the pip into a zip along the same horizontal line and lift enough to be sure the inner membrane isn't gluing them in.
I think yours may be ready. But it's so hard to tell online. What does he do if you tap?