Chick Pip, but in the wrong place?

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  1. bugandpudge

    bugandpudge Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,

    This is my first round of incubating eggs. My eggs are polish bantam crossed with unknown bantam. Last night my egg pipped externally and it was more in the middle of the egg than on the big end. So I thought that I may have somehow cracked it and I sealed it gently back together with nail polish. Well I just checked on them again and it broke the seal, made the hole larger and is now chirping. I can see the little beak with an egg tooth. The chick however seems to be making the initial hole bigger instead of zipping. Since the hole is in the center should I help it sooner or just wait it out? And if it doesn't start zipping should I help zip? I have watched a few videos of helping if necessary, and I know it is best to wait til it is the last resort.
     
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

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    Leave it alone. This little chick is trying to get out, and the more you intervene, the more likely it will be to fail. I recommend that you save your videos for pics of healthy chicks doing healthy chick things. The likelihood of assisting with a hatch causing an improved outcome is at best minimal. Sit back, and watch the miracle of birth from a distance. Don't touch that bator.
     
  3. BantamFan4Life

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    I would let the chick get out on its out.
     
  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    X 3 let it hatch on its own. Some chicks do pip a little lower than others not all chicks are the same. In general the pip hole does get bigger before they start zipping. Here are a few example pics
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    This piped only just above half way.
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    This pipped and started zipping much nearer the top.

    Good luck and keep us posted on how you get on.
     
  5. bugandpudge

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    Well it has now been around 36 hours no real progression. I can see the chicken inside breathing and hear it chirping occasionally. Still wait it out?
     
  6. lazy gardener

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    Any other action with any other eggs? After 36 hours, it's your call. But, you must realize that this chick may die, no matter what you choose to do. If you do decide to intervene, you can chip a little hole in the top of the air cell so you can get a look inside. If the chick is shrink wrapped, you'll probably have to help. Proceed very slowly, and stop at the least sign of blood. You might want to just remove enough of the shell at the top, and open up the membrane, if there's no blood. Then put it back, and let the chick finish on it's own. It may be taking so long b/c there's still blood or yolk to be absorbed.
     
  7. bugandpudge

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    I did remove just a bit of shell and I'll give it a few more hours. She membrane was starting to dry so I dampened it with warm water
     
  8. bugandpudge

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    Great news ! It finished hatching itself and is now stumbling around the incubator! Everything looks healthy so far.
     
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  9. lazy gardener

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  10. Yorkshire Coop

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    Congratulations great to hear it has hatched ok :celebrate
     

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