Any way to SAVE these babies?? Please help- we opened the 'bator...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by TeamChaos, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. TeamChaos

    TeamChaos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2009
    So, we have what I assumed will be a kind of staggered hatch of guinea eggs. We ended up with two hens on one nest and we had to take the eggs, so we put them in the incubator and hoped for the best. When I candled at about a week in to incubation, some looked spidery and well on their way to developing and others were just getting started, so I assumed we had a few different ages in one clutch. Anyway, babies started hatching on Sunday and have continued through 'til today. We ended up taking the first babies out once the were dry and moving them to a brooder to eat and drink, not realizing that we'd be jeopardizing the other eggs' humidity. Well, our last group of pipped eggs were really struggling and, after much debate, we ended up helping a few get out of their eggs (over many hours and without any mishaps, the membranes were just too tough for the babies to bust out of on their own) We found one that had pipped, but died- I'm assuming because it fought the membrane and exhausted itself before it could get air. Anyway, we've still got eggs in the 'bator and they feel full- once we move the last batch of hatched babies out, is there anything I can do to help restore humidity quickly and maybe give them a fighting chance?
    Thanks
     
  2. PinkFlamingoFrm

    PinkFlamingoFrm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    when I have to open my incubator during lockdown, I will wrap a wet paper towel around each egg.. Ive had eggs pipped & opened it to add more eggs (I didnt know they were pipped at the time). But after I wrapped them in paper towels they were able to hatch on their own. Just be careful not to cover the pip with the paper towel.
     
  3. chickentrack

    chickentrack Out Of The Brooder

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    i have put hot water in for steam and that has helped anytime i had to open
     

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