Chicks Piping and the humidy dropped.........

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by antiquebuff, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. antiquebuff

    antiquebuff Songster

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    Help Again Please! I have 12 chicks piping just barely and my humidity has dropped to 59 . I am using a still air Hova Bator. The temp is right on 100. Today is day 20 . Should I risk opening and adding a sponge or let it go. I can hear the babies peeping. I just don't want to do the wrong thing....
    Thanks again , I don't think my chicks and I would have made it without this forum! Thanks [​IMG]
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

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    I would get a warm wet sponge and in the blink of an eye slip it on and close that lid! I had a couple chicks have trouble getting out of thick membranes so I actually increased my humidity to 80% for those 2 to finally hatch.

    The general rule I tell everyone that asks it to sit on your hands. however, I also know how important the humidity is to a hatch.

    Lightening fast add a warm wet sponge or cloth or sock.

    Good luck with your hatch!
     
  3. antiquebuff

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    I did it! Lightening Speed.......They were just peeping away. thanks and I will do an update in the morning.[​IMG]
     
  4. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    I'm not wondering if that was part of the issue with our babies being late. I was afraid to open it to add humidity. Good luck and I'm looking forward to your update!
    K
     
  5. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

    Oh I cant wait till morning to hear all the news of the pips coming out ! glad you added the sponge........
     
  6. antiquebuff

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    Ok, Its been a long night![​IMG] I now have 3 very active jet black bantam cochins..... They are precious....but they are rolling the other eggs all around. I have pips in 12 others (Silkies) But no zipping yet. I wonder if Silkies are a little slower ......I sure hope I get some of those! I can see another cochin just pecking away trying to get out. The first one that hatched screamed for three hours until another hatched and when it did , it settled right down and was fine! [​IMG] They are so sweet........I am so excited. I will add photos as soon as I can get in the bator. [​IMG]
     
  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

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    Congrats on your hatch!!
     
  8. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    Great!!![​IMG]
     
  9. antiquebuff

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    Oh, its been a long day! I now have 10 babies peeping away. [​IMG]
    I have moved 3 to the brooder and the Silkies are so tiny they are still in the bator. I had to help two out and follow the directions on this link and I think they are going to be fine. They are weak but if they make it to morning I think they will be ok. Oh, the Silkies are so sweet and I can't believe the size.....This has been so much fun, but I am exhausted! A pleasant exhausted! [​IMG]
    When I figure out how to post photos I will add some!
    Thanks for all the help on my hatch![​IMG]
     
  10. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Congratulations on your chicks! [​IMG]
     

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