Aaaaaaah! Egg pipped on bottom! Do I need to turn it?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by playingchicken, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. playingchicken

    playingchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My husband just noticed a hole on the bottom of one of my two eggs in the incubator (day 21 for some Hamburg chickens.)

    I had not planned on intervening at all, but it seems like I read turning them so the hole is right side up is the thing to do.

    Help!!!
     
  2. kellim

    kellim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Turning it is what I would do. I would rather do that than risk it drowning. Congratulations![​IMG]
     
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  3. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

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    Go babies go! [​IMG]
     
  4. Smitty's Farm

    Smitty's Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know if you want to risk opening the bator to compromise your temp & humidity levels.

    How long has it been pipped on the bottom?

    I had one pip on the bottom in my last hatch and it hatched out just fine. It got bowled over by one of it's siblings to face the correct way and I was so happy, but then another one of it's siblings came along and bowled it facing down right to where it started. I really didn't want to assist a hatch either, so I just watched it very carefully.

    Can you see it's pip hole ok? What I did was shine a flash light in there to keep an eye on it to make sure it was sticking it's beak out of the shell for oxygen exchange.

    If it gets to be more than 6-8 hrs then you may want to reach in and just flip it over.

    Keep us posted!!!!!! [​IMG]
     
  5. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Should take you less than 10 seconds, get that hand in there - turn it, and get out!
    Only open that bator like an inch or two, to squeak your hand in!
     
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  6. playingchicken

    playingchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can see movement from the little hole which is visible when you stand towards the side of my still air LG bator. So, I guess, techinically it isn't on the bottom since I can see it, but I am still worried.

    My temp is 100-101 and my humidity is now at 67-70%. (I have no idea what the humidity was before 3 days ago because I just got a Fluker's digital hygrometer/thermometer. (That was recommended somewhere here and I see why.)

    As of now, it is still moving and I hope it is beginning to zip soon.

    This is my first time and I am a bit, um, tense right now. [​IMG]
     
  7. Smitty's Farm

    Smitty's Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2007
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    Congratulations on your first hatch!!!! [​IMG]

    How long has it been pipped?

    I just kept monitoring mine to watch for movement. I'd tap on the bator, whistle, chirp and talk to it to help encourage it to come out.

    If you get anxious you can do what Wildsky said and just crack the lid just a little bit and turn it more upright, but do it quickly.

    I have my very first turkey eggs in the bator right now on Day 27 and I'm feeling a little tense myself. [​IMG]

    Keep us posted!!!!!
     
  8. playingchicken

    playingchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I did move it. It was quick but it didn't really move by much. I actually think I could have left it alone. The humidity dropped to 49% and it took around 2 min. to recover.

    It is still moving and it looks like the hole may have enlarged. (all fingers and toes crossed by this point.)

    The other egg, which pipped first (sometime this morning) is still and has been for a few hours. That was the one that I thought was going to go first too.
     
  9. Smitty's Farm

    Smitty's Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got my fingers crossed for you!!!!! [​IMG]

    The waiting part after they pip is the hardest part. [​IMG]

    Did you try tapping on the side of your bator to stimulate the quite one?

    What kind of breeds are you hatching?

    My turkey eggs have only wiggled just a small bit...no big movement and no pips just yet. I probably won't see any action from them until tomorrow. [​IMG]

    Keep the updates coming!!!!! [​IMG]
     
  10. playingchicken

    playingchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, the quiet egg has been moving too. When I talk to them they move more. The only problem is I am an exhausted mother of three human babies (4 years, 2 years and 8 months old) and I may have to go to bed really soon.

    I am hoping and praying that I have happy news to report tomorrow.

    Smitty,
    THey are Golden Penciled Hamburg chickens.
     

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