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Chick stuck in shell for almost FOUR days hatches! With my help. PICS

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Hangin Wit My Peeps, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    I had some eggs in the bator and two of them were having trouble hatching I think because of humidity issues. They pipped and just never could get around inside the egg to zip. I left it for 28 hours and than I decided to help it a bit. I started chipping away at the shell and leaving the membrane alone. Here is what it looked like when I got done. This is already after a day and 1/2 trying to get out. Another pic at the bottom of the baby out.


    I kept the membrane wet and kept it from drying out. The next day I went to check on it and it was still alive and trying. I decided that I would try to remove some of the membrane for it so it would be easier to stretch out of there. It started bleeding right away so I left it and put it back in the bator with more wet paper towel to try again. And it did! It tried and tried. For two more days it tried. Not getting anywhere but a little more rip in the membrane but not much. This morning I went down there and didn't see any movement at all...not peeping nothing. I thought it was dead. Went to get a bag to put it in and when I reached to pick it up it peeped at me! Scared me to death thinking I was picking up a dead egg! SO NOW I was SURE I had to get that baby out of there blood or no blood. I began with more wet paper towel and an eye dropper. Dripping water everywhere but the face area (didn't want him to drown) I got my tweezers and began pulling gently at the membrane hoping there would be no blood and there wasn't. He was moving around enough in the egg by now to show me what was stuck and what wasn't. I got a sissors and cut away membrane I had been able to pull away. 45 min later I had a CHICK! Who was finally free! Perfect looking!! I gave it water with vits and electrolytes in it right away from an eye dropper and he took a little. He doesn't look great but he has energy and kicks when i pick him up. He is also pooping now. The only thing he won't do now is eat!!! What do you feed a weak chick who won't eat crumbles????????? Anyway, here is my baby after I got him out! Isn't it a beauty!!!??

    Last edited: Nov 10, 2008
  2. ginbart

    ginbart Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    Isn't it a beauty? Yes it is. Congrads on helping it out.
  3. nicodemuschickenfan

    nicodemuschickenfan Songster

    Nov 9, 2008
    Enid, OK!
    All I can think of is to keep giving him water. He'll eat when he feels like it so long as he hasn't givin up. Good luck!
  4. CarlaRiggs

    CarlaRiggs Songster

    Congratulations on a successful hatch. [​IMG]
    I wouldn't worry about eating quite yet.... keep up the water so the chick remains hydrated. Try the food later, and perhaps put some onto a paper towel. I would moisten the crumble so it's easier for the chick to eat for now.

  5. alalele

    alalele Songster

    Mar 21, 2008
    Livingston Parish, LA
    I had read that the yolk that is absorbed into the stomach after hatch sustains the chick for a period of time ... but it's most important that the chick is getting the fluids and electrolites..

    and the moist crumble is a great idea! (like a pudding... my adult birds LOVE it when they get it that way)

    Hows the little guy doing? Good Luck!!
  6. Jamie821

    Jamie821 Songster

    Sep 26, 2008
    Niota, Tennessee
    If it doesnt try food take a egg yolk from raw egg remove white put it in a cup mix a little water with it and use your eye dropper to feed it to him. Do it slowly so he doesnt strangle on it just the way you are giving him vitamins and water. the egg yolk has high protein in it.
  7. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    Thanks everyone for the tips. He's doing great. Each hour he seems to get a little stronger [​IMG] He is taking some water and I put crumbles on the paper towel by him. He may be eating some of that but I haven't seen it yet. I will moisten some for him. If that doesn't work I will take a yolk and try that.
  8. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    I had similar with a button quail. Went to clean out the bator a couple days after hatch. Pulled the end off a pipped but I thought dead egg and out falls a live button chick. Unfortunately the chick was stuck in the position it had been in the egg with it's beak bent to it's tail and it's legs folded up. It died a few days later.

    To feed my button chick I soaked the crumble in warm water and used a small syringe to squirt little bits onto the end of it's beak just like with the water. Once the crumble was stuck on it's beak it would open it's mouth, end up with food inside, and swallow.
  9. Joy1

    Joy1 Songster

    Feb 4, 2008
    Please keep us updated with pics.
  10. needmorechickens!

    needmorechickens! Songster

    Jul 2, 2008
    West TN
    I have had some success with helping chicks and I hope this is a very successful one for you! It's always hard to decide whether to help or not, isn't it?

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