Advice Needed

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by meldcee, Apr 4, 2018.

  1. meldcee

    meldcee Hatching

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    I'm currently hatching Sebright chicks in my incubator and two have hatched just fine, (they are on day 21) but the 3rd I'm having some problems with. It seems she's struggling to break through the membrane. It had turned a brownish colour and looked almost leathery, so I moistened it with a bit of warm water in the hopes that would help. She just really seems to be struggling. I found the egg pipped early this morning around 5am. Should I help her out? Just make sure the membrane is moist and let her get out on her own? Any other suggestions? Thank you!
     
  2. oregonkat

    oregonkat Crowing

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    I would leave the egg alone for a while. The pip to zip can take a long time, but keep an eye on the membrane. Sometimes coconut oil or vaseline is better than water because it keeps the membrane moist without wetting it. Make sure you keep your humidity level high 70% in your incubator. Can you see the chicks beak moving in the hole? If there is not progress with the chick by tomorrow morning, the conversation may have to change to an assist but wait now. DO NOT rush to assist because you can seriously mess things up and the chick could die. I think you are going to be fine. Keep us posted as to the progress.
     

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