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Cracked egg piped at pointy end..help?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by newbaker89, Mar 18, 2015.

  1. newbaker89

    newbaker89 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a batch of 19 that were "due" yesterday. I confirmed life before lockdown in this bunch. One of them was slightly cracked but over time the cracks seems to "heal" in a way. It just so happens this is my first egg that's pipped. However, I'm pretty sure it's doing it on the wrong end. I hear it and lots of movement. Could the crack accident have made the air cell a bit irregular? I see an external pip on the pointy end. I've been rooting for this one the whole time. The egg in mention is the light colored one at top center of photo. The pip is on pointed underside. [​IMG]
     
  2. CountryMousette

    CountryMousette Out Of The Brooder

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    Ive had 3 pip in the past 24hrs and all three piped wrong spot and Ive had to assit hatch all three. 2 are out and doing awesome, #3 is back in the bator wrapped in a damp towel because its not fully ready. I had to assist because my humidty dropped and vaporlocked them so its been emergency hatching since 5am. Im exhausted. I hope you have better luck!!!!
     
  3. newbaker89

    newbaker89 Out Of The Brooder

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    My humidity dropped to 58% so I added some water through the vent hole to avoid opening the incubator. I didn't even open it and the temp dropped. How in the world would I know it's been vapor locked?
     
  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Ok, when you click on the pic to make it larger it's hard to tell what end is more pointed...lol I am assuming the "bottom" (pointed end) of the egg is the end closest to the darker egg?
     
  5. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    When you add water, unless you warm it first it will drop the temp a bit. I wouldn't worry about the temp at this point unless it's a real big drop. It'll come back up when the water warms up. If the membrane stays nice and white and papery, you're ok. If it starts to turn yellowish/brown and look leathery then you are facing possible shrink wrapping. If you can't see the pip whole, then you won't know. However, if your humidity stays up and you aren't opening it, the possibility of that happening (unless your air cells were too big at lockdown) is very low.
     
  6. CountryMousette

    CountryMousette Out Of The Brooder

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    Amylynn is great for help! take all her advice, she got me through the past 24hrs. I now have 3 breathing chirping chicks. As for "How you'll know" if the baby is shrink wrapped, it boils down to the controversial "To open the incubator and assist, or not to open"
     
  7. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Thanks, I try.
     
  8. newbaker89

    newbaker89 Out Of The Brooder

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    It makes me nervous but I'm going to leave them alone and give them some time. After reading advice given here and other places, I don't think we are in trouble just yet. I do have another question though: if I hear them chirping this confirms they've hit air somewhere right? That seems logical to me but may not be correct.
     
  9. Roost-e-Boy

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    If they pip on the wrong end they can drown(suffocate) and die.
    I had one this morning die because it was on the wrong end and I was not able to get to it on time :(
    (very sad, even when its just a chicken!).

    I would assist it as soon as possible ...Only if the time is right.
    Very carefully and slowly (with clean hands, clean tool, etc.) near the same area where it's beak is positioned, gently break open a tiny bit more just enough to drain any liquids/etc.., and so that it can get fresh air right away, then wait and let it break away the rest by itself.
    It can still be saved(slightly preemie, but it can still be alright).

    ..otherwise, I suppose you can just let nature take it's course, :( though sadly.
     
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  10. NanaKat

    NanaKat Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    When the chick pips the shell, it pierces the outer membrane. Air leaks into the crack in the shell and the chick begins to move more. This allows the chick to zip and as it moves to absorb the blood in the veins of the inner membrane.
    If the chick is shrink wrapped, it is the inner membrane which has dried too much.
     

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