Originally Posted by WVduckchick
No idea if that happens with broodies. Maybe they are just slower if she was off them a little. Like with a temp drop in an incubator. I'm super new to broodies, have done all my hatching in an incubator, but having my first girls sitting right now. Maybe someone on the broody threads would have better suggestions/comments.
This may sound heartless, but with broodies especially, if they're not capable of hatching on their own I don't help them. There's usually a reason, and it seems to me some of those chicks never are strong. They're more susceptible to disease, parasites and other problems ( no scientific proof, just my observation). Everyone here has probably gotten impatient and tried to help too soon.
My exceptions to my above rule. If a chick is has pipped and/or unzipping, is obviously strong (constantly chirping, and moving) but just isn't progressing, I will help. The minute you get to a spot where you notice a lot of blood coming from the membrane, stop and wait. I have actually pipped and egg for a chick, unzipped the top, removed it, and had them pop out like a jack in the box. The more you hatch, the more you can differentiate the ones with a chance vs the list causes. Let the weak ones go. You'll save yourself heartache in the long run.
It's sucks, but we've all done it. I've done it, and have the chicks do well.
Patience is your best friend when hatching. They know when they're ready for the most part. Let them do their thing.