Chick been pipped for 18 hours...

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  1. 19marvinn

    19marvinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's been this way since yesterday afternoon. I feel so bad. It just won't come out. I've had another chick pip and hatch between when this one pipped. Is it gonna come out on its own or does it need help. It is moving around and peeping.
     
  2. kuchchicks

    kuchchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What's your humidity at? How many other eggs do you have left? It is my experience that it may take up to 24 hours to complete the hatch. The membranes do look like they are getting dry. But as long as that chick seems like it is staying strong I would give it a little more time. Watch closely for chirping, moving, etc. It may not be progressing because it is still absorbing yolk and blood vessels. But at the same time if you are not opposed to helping (I do assist and believe there are times that it is very necessary), then I would start preparing for that scenario. Here is a good link for a thread on this site: www.ackyardchickens.com/t/1081034/hands-on-hatching-and-help. Here there are several of us that do believe on assisting and will offer tips on when and how to do it, and when to stop. If this little chick were mine, I would probably be beginning to think about assisting. And it sounds like you are getting there yourself. Good luck!
     
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    19marvinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The humidity has been at 70% and then went up o 80% when another chick hatched. I have this one and one more left.
     
  5. 19marvinn

    19marvinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is a hole that I can see her head in the egg. She just keeps banging her beak against the membrane. She isn't making any real progress and all. The membrane is tarting to dry out. I'm not sure why tho because the humidity is 75%. I feel so bad for it. [​IMG]
     
  6. kuchchicks

    kuchchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is a personal call. As I've said I do help. Some people believe that if they do not hatch on their own then they should be left to let nature take it's course. But, I believe that since we are putting eggs in an incubator we are already messing with nature. Without knowing it we may be contributing to the reason WHY the chick is not hatching on it's own. There could be a reason that the chick is not hatching that makes the bird weaker or not good to breed, but then you need to decide what you will do if you end up with a special needs bird. Are you willing to put the chick down later if there are issues? If not are you willing to care for a special needs chick? My personal answer to both of these questions is yes. So that is why I do assist.

    If you are going to assist, your best tools are tweezers and Qtips. You must go very slowly. Start out by chipping away from where the chick has already started. Use the tweezers and just pinch off little bits of the shell at a time. I then take my moist qtip and moisten the membranes to look for blood vessels. If you nick a blood vessel you can cause the chick to bleed out and die. If you nick a blood vessel stop what you are doing. Try using a dry qtip to hold over the bleed to try to stop the bleeding. Once you have replace the chick in the bator and let it rest. You can try again after a resting period. I go very slowly. I do not do the zipping in just one sitting. I chip, rest, chip, rest. Once that is done I continue to moisten the membranes looking for blood vessels. I there are any that are still visible then the chick is not ready to hatch. Keep the membranes moist and let the blood finish absorbing. As those vessels dry out you can start to push the membranes back.

    But I do caution you. Sometimes these chicks tend to be weak when you finish hatching. They may need to remain a little longer in the bator to dry and get their strength up. You may also want to give this chick some Nutra Drench or Save A Chick shortly after finishing the hatch. Just be sure it does not go in their nostrils and they do not aspirate. Also keep in mind like I said that assisting does not come without its own risks. The chick could bleed out, you may hatch it to find that the yolk sac was not fully absorbed, the chick may have neurological issues or some other genetic issue that you cannot identify. You may be forced to care for a special needs chick or to cull it later. With all of that said I still assist because if the chick is going to die in the shell anyway, I feel like I want to give him every opportunity. And if I have to cull it later then what's the difference?

    Let me know if you need any more help. Please let me know how it turns out. [​IMG]
     
  7. 19marvinn

    19marvinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much! That was very helpful. I think I'm going to wait till the other chick in there hatches to take any immediate action. It is about to zip. Then I will go from there. Thanks again!
     
  8. kuchchicks

    kuchchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think that is wise. You dont want to disturb the one that is doing well. I usually do not assist until the others are done.
     
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    19marvinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just an update... I took a nap after being up all night with these boogers and when I woke, it had hatched without any assistance. I was amazed. Thanks for all the support!
     
  10. kuchchicks

    kuchchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yay!!!!
     

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