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Day 22...No more pipping...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by crumpy10, Nov 19, 2014.

  1. crumpy10

    crumpy10 Hatching

    Nov 19, 2014
    Hi There,

    I am very new to this whole chick stuff! I have an rcom 20 automatic incubator, which has worked perfectly for the entire hatch, I candled my 12 BPR on day 10, 11 of which were alive and moving. 1 was just a clear egg.
    On day 21, all 9 hatched over a 24 hour period. So thrilled! Now its day 22 and the 2 I have left are not moving nor have they pipped, shall I try the tapping to see if I get anything back?

    Another thing...I am reading conflicting advice... they say not to open the incubator to remove the hatched chicks because you will lower the humidity, but also they say not to move the eggs once they have settled into the hatching position... but if you leave the new chicks in there, they move around and disturb all the settled eggs.................... Which can result in dead chicks..

    I removed 9 over the period as my rcom gets back up to the correct humidity very quickly. just wondered why I may have lost these two? I am thinking its because of all the movement from the other lot chucking themselves about!

    Plus we did have a power outage for 4 hours two weeks ago..

    Any advice would be helpful. Cheers. Anna.

  2. Aphrael

    Aphrael Songster

    Jan 21, 2013
    If neither egg is pipped, then it will not hurt to open the incubator and check on them. I would first candle and look for signs of life and any sign of internal pipping. If you do not see any internal pips, then you could water candle to check if they are alive. Here is a link to a video showing how to water candle.
  3. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

    Oct 11, 2014
    Gouverneur, NY
    The best way to POSSIBLY get an idea as to why any non hatchers died would be to do an eggtopsy to try to narrow down possible reasons, things that might not have gone right at hatch time (shrink wrapped, drowned, malformed, mal positioning).

    I personally have not waited until the hatch was done to remove chicks from bator, not because I am worried about the other eggs, as they are fully formed and can take the others bumping them and moving them. By hatch they should be in position and aren't going to "get knocked out of it'. This last hatch I had so many pipping at once that I waited and had about 7 or 8 bouncing around when one bounced or got bounced the wrong way and chipped it's beak on one of the thermometers I believe. So from now on I'll give them time to dry a bit and get warm then pull them for the brooder once there's a couple out.

    I had 13 hatch and 3 that didn't. One I think the shell quality had to do with it as it was the largest and the chick though fully formed had a lot of space and a lot of moisture in the egg so I am thinking the egg didn't release enough moisture. One pipped internally but was shrink wrapped and couldn't finish the job and the third I am clueless as to what happend. Fully formed, in position, yolk absorbed and no internal pip, nothing. I'll never know.

    Congrats on the hatchers!
  4. crumpy10

    crumpy10 Hatching

    Nov 19, 2014

    Many thanks for the great advice. I water candled them, then candled them, tapped, and pleaded! turns out they were dead. one wasn't very well formed and dead, and the other was not very big, and had died.
    So, I got rid, and cleaned out the incubator, ready to do a load of guinea fowl next! (haven't told the husband yet!!)
    Any advice on hatching guineas?

    Thanks again for the advice. was greatly appreciated.

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