Chick Didn't Pip Air Sac! HELP!

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  1. EilighsFarm

    EilighsFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, so I'm currently hatching chicks. 1 chick just pipped the shell so I candled it in the shell to make sure it pipped the air sac/hole. It didn't! Infact it pipped on the exact opposite side of the egg where the air sac/hole isn't! It is not yet ready to hatch. Do I leave it in the incubator to hatch on its own or do I wait a day or two for it to be ready to hatch and, then i assist it? Will it survive? Thanks!
     
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    I think from what your saying the chick has pipped at the pointy end of the egg and not the fat end where the air sac is? If this is the case then yes it has pipped wrong and is a malpositioned chick. If it has made a pip hole there is nothing you need to do for at 24 hours yet. The pip hole it has made will give it a good oxygen supply for now. It will still need to absorb yolk and blood vessels at this point as this external pip is its internal and external pip all at once. Time is the key to malpositioned chicks so in the mean time give this link a good read it has a whole section on assisting malpositioned chicks https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/step-by-step-guide-to-assisted-hatching

    Try not to open your incubator you need to keep the humidity up as there is a risk of shrink wrapping which will add to its problems. Some malpositioned hatch ok some need assistance but there is always a chance that they won't make it.
    Wishing you the very best of luck :fl Keep us posted
     
  3. EilighsFarm

    EilighsFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thankyou! Very helpful! Im so worried. Thanks!
     
  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Try not to worry :hugs I know that's easier said than done but you are doing the right thing leaving it be for now. Helping too early can cause more harm than good.
     
  5. Yorkshire Coop

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    How are things going?
     
  6. EilighsFarm

    EilighsFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good news! I went to look in the incubator to find that it was pushing its head out trying to hatch. It couldn't get itself out so with a little assistant the chick hatched and, is now a happy healthy baby!
     
  7. Yorkshire Coop

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    Congratulations :celebrate Fantastic to hear it has hatched out ok and is doing well. Enjoy your chick.
     
  8. Lalegid

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    Glad to hear your chick made it! I've been through that stress before too, so well done :D
     
  9. EilighsFarm

    EilighsFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you everyone!
     

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