Assisting egg question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Nupine, Mar 7, 2008.

  1. Nupine

    Nupine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 21, 2007
    Ohio
    One of my sultan bantam chicks was having a hard time hatching. It had not CHIRPED once. It only pipped and was making no progress for about 8 hours, so I pulled a little bit of the egg and membrane out. Then it started bleeding! So stopped and put it back in there. I went to bed for the night and woke up, still no progress. So I took off quite a bit till much of the chick was visible. Lots of blood! Then I went out to feed chickies. Can back in after about an hour, still no progress. So I took a piece of paper to put under the egg because I was expecting a mess. I pulled the entire chick out very gently. By then, my hands looked like I just delivered a goat kid! The chick squirted blood out of it's butt! The whole belly was just mush. I put her back in the bator, but I think she is dead. What happened? It took tons of soap to wash the blood of my hands. I could have NEVER imagined chicks had that much blood. I have tried assisting in the past, and they always bleed their guts out. Why does this happen? Is it my fault? Is this normal? I feel sooooooooo bad.
    Ashlyn
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    If you see blood, you have to stop. The chick wasn't ready to come out yet. When they hatch, there should be almost no blood at all. Sometimes it takes longer for a chick to be ready and I've had some chicks take up to 3 days to finally make it out.
     
  3. newnanchic

    newnanchic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 3, 2008
    Newnan, Georgia
    We had this same thing happen before... Any hubby says now we have to go SLOW and EASY!!!!! So I will let him do it next time so I won't have to cry anymore!!!
     
  4. Nupine

    Nupine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 21, 2007
    Ohio
    Now I feel great [​IMG]
     
  5. jimnjay

    jimnjay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What day were your eggs on. If you get an early pip you should probably just leave it until the full incubation period is finished. When trying to help, I always leave the membrane intact. I just break the brittle shell away in a circle around the pip. Put the egg on a warm damp cloth or paper towel and leave it for several hours. Once they pip the membrane sometimes dries so much they can't get truned in the egg to continue to zip out. A baby that is stuck should be able to squirm out of the membrane with out help so it is not usually necessary to remove the membrane that causes the blood vessels that are still feeding the chick to bleed. Helping is a very slow process so never be in a rush. Keep the humidity up and try to let them finish the job.

    You might also check the troubleshooting information listed on this link. Maybe there are problems with temps or humidity causing them to fail to hatch.
    http://www.msstate.edu/dept/poultry/trouble.htm#PIP
     
  6. Nupine

    Nupine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 21, 2007
    Ohio
    The eggs were on 20, but they were bantams. The first chick was day 19 and already with my other chicks. But yesterday morning, one hatched. She was healthy, but had shell and umbilical cord attached to her butt. I didn't want to pull it off and hurt her. But today I found her dead. Another one hatched and is fine. So out of the $30 7 eggs, two are hatched and well. Poop.
     

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