Chicks that don't hatch normally often have something wrong with them. He may have been in the wrong position in the shell, could have lacked nutrition during his incubation, may have been an older egg, or just about anything. All you can do is repeatedly set him on his stomach and see if he comes around. These chicks usually don't thrive. But on the other side he may have just worn himself out trying to hatch. Put a little sugar in their water and make sure he gets a couple drinks.
I had this huge hatch but still had about a dozen eggs left that weren't pipped and hadn't opened the air space yet. I checked a couple and they just aren't ready. They still had flowing blood. It's all brahma eggs. Maybe they are just going to take longer this time around since they are big birds.
I ended up with 12 goslings from Easter. The last two hatched this morning. Once they are dry I'm going to see if I can get all 12 in a chick shipping box. If so they might be headed to Georgia later.
Congrats on your hatch!
Thank you, he seems to be doing a bit better, he (or she) is a little wobbly still, but he stands just fine, both feet under him, and he's pecking at the food a little. I was looking to wrong positions in the egg, and I think his issue hatching might have been that his head was down between his feet. Maybe he was just really worn out by a hatch that was really hard, and took almost 40 hours?
Edited by RooksMom - 3/29/16 at 8:31am