cause for concern/ is the baby dying?

CrazyChickens09

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I have eggs that were due April 25th and eggs due Tuesday. I just went into the incubator to remove the eggs from the turner and got them set for (hopefully) Tuesday; while I was in there I decided to candle the eggs that were due the twenty fifth and one baby has internally pipped but was breathing extremely hard(but I have not heard a peep yet or seen any movement for 12 hours) but has not pipped externally and the other had not even pipped internally but both were alive. I am just going to sit back and wait but its soooo hard lol. Is there hope or are the babies doomed? I know I will have many STH's at me but the eggs that were due to hatch the 25th are extremely important to me. Thanks.
 

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I have eggs that were due April 25th and eggs due Tuesday. I just went into the incubator to remove the eggs from the turner and got them set for (hopefully) Tuesday; while I was in there I decided to candle the eggs that were due the twenty fifth and one baby has internally pipped but was breathing extremely hard(but I have not heard a peep yet or seen any movement for 12 hours) but has not pipped externally and the other had not even pipped internally but both were alive. I am just going to sit back and wait but its soooo hard lol. Is there hope or are the babies doomed? I know I will have many STH's at me but the eggs that were due to hatch the 25th are extremely important to me. Thanks.
Hang in there!

Occasionally a chick will die while hatching but most of them will survive it. I've had a chick hatch on day 24 when the incubator was running cooler than it should have been. Your chicks are still alive. and that's something to be encouraged about.
 

sumi

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What I'd do is create an artificial pip in the clear area, above the aircell line, so the chick can get some fresh air in there. Take a sharp object, a pin will do, and score an X over and over in the same spot until you've broken through the shell. Remove a small portion of the shell, about a pea size area will be enough and replace the egg in the incubator. Good luck!
 
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CrazyChickens09

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I am very happy to report that the baby pipped at approx. 11:30 am and hatched about ten minutes ago. Still waiting on its brother or sister.
 

CrazyChickens09

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sad to say that it looks like the chick's sibling died in the shell; from what I can see zero movement or veining and it had not moved into the air cell. I had hopes that my hatched eggs would hatch so I wouldn't have the single chick deal again, but my thermostat went wonky and I may have lost all those babies as well.
 

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