Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Littlecimarron18, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. Littlecimarron18

    Littlecimarron18 Songster

    Jan 3, 2008
    ok sooo at least 2 days ago ago i could hear peeping, yesterday the pecking on the inside of the egg stopped..... I AM WORRIED!!!
    i just got home from school and nothing happening..
    should i see if its gonna hatch?
    alll the others already did..
  2. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    What day are you on?? Has any of them pipped the shell yet??
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    If it's past day 22, and has not pipped, you can carefully go into the air cell to see if it is still alive. Before poking into the egg though, candle to make sure the chick has not entered the air cell. If you could hear peeping, it is probably in the aircell, and maybe didn't have the energy or something was wrong with the chick which is why it didn't hatch. The following link has info on intervention.

    I say even if the chick is dead, it would be useful to open the egg to see what went wrong. Good luck.
  4. Littlecimarron18

    Littlecimarron18 Songster

    Jan 3, 2008
    sooo..... i cracked it open and... sadly it was dead.. The air sack was punctured but it seemed to not have much space at all...

    Is it a problem with the breeding..
    the other one like it hatched funny too....
  5. ncgnance

    ncgnance Songster

    Aug 22, 2007
    Iredell County, NC
    I "delivered" a chick just like the one you're describing just last Tuesday. The egg was small and the chick was just too big to move. The experts are right--DO NOT HATCH SMALL EGGS. I won't set them again. My chick is alive and well and absolutely beautiful. I'm praying that she is a she... sorry about your chick.
  6. rjv_piper

    rjv_piper Songster

    Dec 28, 2007
    I've learned a rule of thumb about chicks needing help out of a shell.

    If it is an emergency, and the chick needs help, you can go ahead, and peel off the shell carefully. If the chick bleeds, stop immediately, and leave it alone. If it seems okay, help it out the rest of the way, leaving about half the shell on it loosely so it can get out on it's own without too much effort. If it bleeds, it could die, but it most likely would've died anyway. ONLY USE THIS IF YOU ARE SURE IT NEEDS HELP, AND KNOW THE RISKS.
  7. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    i agree with rjv-piper. i have learned from experience too. sometimes the membrane dries on the chick before they can peck free. sorry for your loss:(
  8. Rebe

    Rebe In the Brooder

    Feb 24, 2012
    I am hatching chicks, I received in the mail. It is 22 days now and one chick is peeping inside the egg, but is not pecking to get out! It has been about 8 hours now, and no tapping to get out, but is still peeping! I am worried, don't want to lose these expensive chicks! Any information? The humidity is fine and the temp!

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