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today makes 21 days. last night we had our first chick come out, this morning still the only one. we thought it would be dry by now and fluffy a little bit but still soaking wet. while im at work, im getting the play by play from the wife. she said little fella is panting and she felt compelled to bring it out and into the brooder. when doing so, she noticed it was extremely hot. well, since we were heading to bed lastnight. we removed the temperature peice in the Little Giant due to the cord hanging and we didnt want it to choke anyone in there. well, she put it back in there and was 107 degrees. this was only removed from midnight last night and then we noticed this temp at 11am this morning. so 11 hours unacounted for. humidity was around 50-60. she used a spray bottle and misted the remaining 6 eggs to cool them down, per an older threads reccomendation i found. temp is back at a stable 99.5-ish. Humidity around 65. 

 

last evening, there were 2 eggs with tiny cracks in them and was hoping to wake to atleast 3 chicks but those eggs havent changed. she took it a bit further, per another older thread and broke it open just a tiny bit more to assist with the breaking out. still no change. 

 

lets go ahead and assume that today is the first day we should see any signs, though we already have a chick. i read that if they are early then it was too hot.. true? anyways, we are pretty bummed out that the other 6 eggs may be no good but of course we are going to wait the weekend to see whats going on. 

 

any and ALL suggestions are appreciated! 

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today makes 21 days. last night we had our first chick come out, this morning still the only one. we thought it would be dry by now and fluffy a little bit but still soaking wet. while im at work, im getting the play by play from the wife. she said little fella is panting and she felt compelled to bring it out and into the brooder. when doing so, she noticed it was extremely hot. well, since we were heading to bed lastnight. we removed the temperature peice in the Little Giant due to the cord hanging and we didnt want it to choke anyone in there. well, she put it back in there and was 107 degrees. this was only removed from midnight last night and then we noticed this temp at 11am this morning. so 11 hours unacounted for. humidity was around 50-60. she used a spray bottle and misted the remaining 6 eggs to cool them down, per an older threads reccomendation i found. temp is back at a stable 99.5-ish. Humidity around 65. 

 

last evening, there were 2 eggs with tiny cracks in them and was hoping to wake to atleast 3 chicks but those eggs havent changed. she took it a bit further, per another older thread and broke it open just a tiny bit more to assist with the breaking out. still no change. 

 

lets go ahead and assume that today is the first day we should see any signs, though we already have a chick. i read that if they are early then it was too hot.. true? anyways, we are pretty bummed out that the other 6 eggs may be no good but of course we are going to wait the weekend to see whats going on. 

 

any and ALL suggestions are appreciated! 

If you are having pipping/hatching at day 18-20 then yes, it's a sign of slightly higher than average temps. I would not give day 20 hatchers a second thought though. My hatches usually hatch out day 19-20 because I use an old LG and it usually ends up stabilizing slightly warmer (100.5/100.8 ish) All healthy happy and go on to become productive adults.

 

Is there any sign of life in the other two that pipped when she increased the pip whole??  

 

It can take 24 hours for a chick to go from pip to zip, but the temp spike would definitely concern me.

 

I am a hands on hatcher so I don't think twice about being "handsy" and if it were me, I'd pull out the pippers and verify life by making sure the hole was just big enough to see the chick's beak and if there was movement. I also run humidity at 75% for hatch so it doesn't fall quickly when I do meddle.  If the pippers show no signs of life I would candle the others to check for life. (OK, who am I kidding, I'd candle regardless.)  But that's me. 

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sent this to wife, she will decide. that and when i get home, i will get handsy. i have NO IDEA what has been going on other than what she has told me. my work day production has been extremely limited do to this. hahaha

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sent this to wife, she will decide. that and when i get home, i will get handsy. i have NO IDEA what has been going on other than what she has told me. my work day production has been extremely limited do to this. hahaha

:thumbsup  I can imagine...lol  Good luck and keep us posted!

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i should have her call you! she is so upset at me for taking this temp gauge out.. you could sooth the mood and help us.. and help me for when i get home AHAHAHA

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i should have her call you! she is so upset at me for taking this temp gauge out.. you could sooth the mood and help us.. and help me for when i get home AHAHAHA

:lau

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Looks like we only have the one... sad.png no signs of life in other eggs. Two poked through the sack and never made it. Looking for babies around town to buy so this one isn't all alone in the brooder for 6 weeks before meeting the rest of the flock
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Looks like we only have the one... sad.png no signs of life in other eggs. Two poked through the sack and never made it. Looking for babies around town to buy so this one isn't all alone in the brooder for 6 weeks before meeting the rest of the flock

:( 

Need help incubating/hatching? Are you more a hands on hatcher? Come visit us: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1081034/hands-on-hatching-and-help

A guide to hatching from the hands on perspective: http://hatching411.weebly.com/

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Bought a few today for the little lone fella. We will incubate again in the future. We're good for now. This makes 14 for the flock smile.png
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