Originally Posted by crazypetlady
ok that photo of the eggs wrapped in paper towels scares me and I helped a sizzle out this morning. What's the story with it?
I have 2 1/2 sizzles hatched this am.
Congrats on your sizzles hatching.
From this thread here at BYC. The story? It would appear ??? that when people around started discussing "helping" chicks out, that maybe this person decided to help some of her hatchlings out, too. I don't know even 1% of the details. I just have read parts of the thread.
I remember when I first started hatching, that it seemed like every page I went to on the internet had someone telling how they helped a chick out. I got the impression that it was a normal thing to do for just about any chick that I perceived to be in trouble. Luckily, at some point in my youth I had read that poem/story about the butterfly that someone had tried to help out of the coccoon, but had killed instead, and that made me not want to fool with Mother Nature when it came to egg-hatching. However, it may be pretty common for a newer hatcher to think that helping a chick out is something you have to do most of the time even though it's not.
Is there a page here at BYC that describes or lists when helping out should actually be attempted and is necessary and when it is not? I know that it's a judgment call and that there are issues that need to be decided upon, but there are times that it should never be done ... like on Day 15 of chicken incubation or ... or like if there's no pip yet on Day 20 of chicken incubation.
Anyway. Live and learn. I just hope I don't have nightmares about those eggs/chicks. It's an unfortunate situation.