Today is Day 29 for 2 goose eggs I set under a broody bantam hen. Two nights ago I candled them and saw one that looked clear, the other was nice & dark with a big air cell. Last night I held the dark one up to my ear and could hear the gosling scraping against the shell. But as of this evening it still hasn't pipped.
I wondered if extra humidity could help, so I misted it with water from a spray bottle 2-3 times today, putting it back under the little hen.
Should I intervene? If so, when & how? I normally do not like to step in, but I'm wondering if this gosling needs extra help because it's being hatched under the little hen. I have had goslings successfully hatch under chickens with no extra help at all. I did have to help one gosling that a tiny Dutch Bantam hatched last year, but that baby had at least made its own pip hole in the end. After 24 hours I just had to enlarge the hole only a little bit and the gosling pushed herself out on her own.
I plan to go look tonight after dark, to see if I can tell where this gosling is trying to begin to crack out of its shell. Should I help begin its pip hole? With what tool would I do that?
Thank you for your help!
Edited by Sunny Side Up - 4/28/12 at 7:48pm