chick pipped at the wrong end... what do i do?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by shadowpaints, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. shadowpaints

    shadowpaints Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2009
    Rigby, Idaho
    have a egg in the bator and it has pipped on the wrong end, the pointy end. the air cell is obviously on the other end. should i help? what should i do? its day 19..
  2. Ceinwyn

    Ceinwyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    Southeast Ohio
    I had this happen to two my last hatch.
    One I missed it the other I helped and it did fine but it took hours to get out.
    The problem right now is its not ready to hatch yet.
    It still needs to take in its yolk to prepare for unzipping.
    To give it the best chance possible you can try to make sure it has a breathable pip hole.
    You'll need a pair of tweezers and just very carefully and slowly remove a tiny bit of shell around the pip it has made to make sure it has access to air.
    You have to be very careful because there will be active blood vessels at this stage.
    Just a tiny bit of shell lifted near where it has pipped and put it back in to rest.
    The hard part is when it starts to unzip.
    Sometimes it goes really fast and they are fine.
    Others are slow and they cover up the airhole and suffocate.
    Sometimes you can help slowly remove outer pieces of the shell around the pip area but you have to move very slowly and make sure there is no active blood vessels.
    The easiest way to see this is using a q-tip with warm sterile water.
    Empty blood vessels will appear yellow, active will appear red.
    Let me look real quick for a good link that shows pictures, will be easier to follow.
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  3. Ceinwyn

    Ceinwyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    Southeast Ohio
    Found it.
    First thing I should have asked is do you see it breathing or moving?
    If yes then you have a good chance of saving it, will just take time.
    Just do everything very slowly and put it back in to rest and warm up often.
    When you put it back in make sure you lay it on its side with the hole up, this will prevent any liquid that may be present from drowning the chick.
    May take up to another full day to fully hatch so try not to rush things too much.
    Im praying for you and your little one.
  4. shadowpaints

    shadowpaints Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2009
    Rigby, Idaho
    thanks, i do see it moving and breathing, i did make the pip hole a lot bigger, then put it back in. i have helped before, but its not my favorite thing to do, i stress to much. ill probaly start helping it zip in the morning, to give it time to absorb the yolk. hoping that it makes it! never had one pip the wrong end before lol
  5. HighNDryFarm

    HighNDryFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2011
    Paradise, CA
    I had one pip at the wrong end and it took about a day but it finally zipped and popped out! Talk about thankful when I finally saw that little thing zipping. Maybe give it some time before you do anything, I just made sure that little beak was still breathing.

    I did have to help one that zipped half way and quit. I wish I hadn't waited so long (over 24 hrs) to help because that one was stuck. I followed the directions from the link posted and like advised, you have to follow your instincts on when and how much to intervene.

    Good luck [​IMG] that all goes well, hatching eggs ain't for sissies!!!!

    Edited to add, I'm a sissy! As soon as mine were done and in the brooder, I cleaned the bator up and sold it on Craigslist! Too much stress! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2011
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  6. kerrysmommy

    kerrysmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2010
    My house :]
    i havent had this happen but my fiends have....what ever you do try not to help it because you can riskvits life doing it if u absolutly have to help it do soe really good research to find thebest way to help it good luck [​IMG]
  7. LuvMyBLR

    LuvMyBLR Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2010
    New Boston, NH
    Ahhh I hope that doesn't happen to me. First hatch over here, but everyone looks right side up last time I candled.

    I just saw your signature. Standard Silkies??? [​IMG] How big are they? Are these your own eggs?
  8. rsarns

    rsarns Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2011
    I had one do the same thing, gave it over 12 hours, then helped it out. It is now 3 days old and doing fine. Good luck!
  9. FeatheredObsessions

    FeatheredObsessions Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2010
    I had one do that and I took an egg carton and cut the bottom1/4 in of a cup off. I set the egg in the tiny cup just enough to keep the pip up a tiny bit higher than the other end so any fluids wouldn't run into that end. The chick did fine [​IMG]
  10. elizabethu42

    elizabethu42 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2016
    Two of mine have pipped on the wrong end. No moving. Will it hatch?

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