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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by DementedHam, May 19, 2008.

  1. DementedHam

    DementedHam Songster

    May 23, 2007
    Southern California
    My chicks are due today, out of the six eggs, two have hatched and two have pipped/hatched. I tried to help one of the remaining two to hatch and it was fine but an hour later it was dead. The chicky had been trying for hours so I helped it out a little because it had made no progress.

    The other egg that hasn't even pipped is worrying me. Where, if I even should, should I give it an air hole? This is my main priority at this point, if it has air it can hatch.
    I've helped a total of two chicks hatch in all of my four hatches, excluding this one, so I don't think I'm informed enough to make a move.

    please help, and thanks.
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    It can take up to 24 hours from a pip til a chick can get itself out of a shell...it has to learn to breathe on its own, finish absorbing the yolk sac and it rests alot.....
  3. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

  4. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    If the hatch is just due today, I would not interfere. It is much too soon and you will risk them dying if you try to help too early. As Tuff said, they need time for the hatching process. Healthy, strong chicks should be able to hatch on their own if given the opportunity.

    Last edited: May 20, 2008

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