Assisted on a hatch! Help!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by lcbrasier25, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. lcbrasier25

    lcbrasier25 Out Of The Brooder

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    I had a chick pip around 20 hrs ago, but nothing past that. I could hear a faint peeping from the chick, and some movement, but no further process. I'm a toddler when left alone (lol), and I couldn't help but assist. Got the lil guy out and now it's listless. Hasn't got up and tried to move at all. What do you guys think? Did I make a mistake by assisting? Overall chick looks healthy in appearance (I haven't tried to handle it at all), but breathing, body, legs, everything looks normal. Is my lil chick just tired from possibly not being able to hatch?
     
  2. sparkles2307

    sparkles2307 Terd of Hurtles

    Quote:Is the yolk sac fully absorbed and there was no bleeding? If so, then he's exhausted, probably weak from being trapped in that egg. Just give him some time.
     
  3. lcbrasier25

    lcbrasier25 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yolk totally absorbed. A very little amount of blood, but nothing that worries me. I've never done this before so I'm kinda freaking lol. I just hope I didn't mess anything up.
     
  4. lcbrasier25

    lcbrasier25 Out Of The Brooder

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    I just went back to check on the lil guy/gal and still listless, but it moved about 5 inches from where it was laying before. That could be good, maybe?
     
  5. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    let him rest.. when you assist a hatch the chick is normally a little "slow".. they use a lot of muscles during a normal hatch .. so his are a little weak.. plus a lot of newly hatched chicks rest a good bit.. for now just keep him warm and let him take it easy.. if he did lose some blood that would also weaken him a bit.. but if it was just a drop he should be up and around later today

    when he is up and drinking you can always add some electrolytes to his water if you still think he needs a boost
     
  6. lcbrasier25

    lcbrasier25 Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, lil one is up and about. Flops around a bit, then sleeps. Moves around a bit more, then sleeps. I think we are going to be okay. I was just freaked because I've never had one come out of the egg not moving much! Usually they are flopping around everywhere trying to find their legs. Think this guy is there, just a lil slower.
     
  7. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like you did the right thing. I always help after that lenght of time. He's just sooo tired.
     
  8. lcbrasier25

    lcbrasier25 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm feeling much better about it now. [​IMG]
     
  9. KandiandJerry

    KandiandJerry Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had one do the same thing last week....it scared me also...but like yours ...he or she was running around in a few hours....and is still doing great.....
     
  10. Lacrystol

    Lacrystol Hatching Helper

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    If you give him a little drop of polyvisol he should perk right up. But you have to hold his head up until it goes down is little throat. mimicing how they normally drink..
     

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