did i do the right thing...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by StarStruck203, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. StarStruck203

    StarStruck203 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 27, 2010
    i get the feeling that i did the right thing too late, or the wrong thing all together. so either way i feel guilty..

    i know people say dont help a chick hatch, but i couldnt stand to sit there and watch the poor thing drown. it had pipped around 6 last night, and today was still trying, but it couldnt bust the membrane all the way around. but i could see it gasping for air and bubbling.

    whats its problem??

    i also helped one earlier today, it had pipped, but another chick turned it over, and i waited for 2 days. and finally decided to help..

    i feel so torn, cause i know mother nature decides usually and survival of the fittest.... *sigh*
  2. MuckyPuppy

    MuckyPuppy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2011
    All anyone can do is read the information, ask questions and then do what they feel is right. If someone feels like they made a mistake the best that can be done is to learn from it and do it better the next time.

    Personally, I have helped chicks hatch and I am glad that I did as I now have 5 chicks that I wouldn't have otherwise. Granted, the fact that they were not hatching was my fault but I still did what I felt I had to. I waited 24 hours from pip to help but then I never had any blowing bubbles. If it happens, I'll make the decision then.

    I hope everything goes better the next time. [​IMG]

    Edited: I don't know for sure and I am sure that someone will come along and correct me if I am wrong but maybe the bubbles were from too much humidity during incubation. Maybe that is something that you can look up and find out if it matches what happened to your egg/s.
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2011
  3. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    if a chick is in trouble.. i help it hatch.. to me that's better than sitting there doing nothing and letting it die

    i must add though that they are your eggs.. so the final decision as to help or not is entirely up to the owner of the eggs...
    but for me.. personally.. i refuse to sit back and do nothing
  4. BookWorm243

    BookWorm243 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 13, 2010
    Franklin, NC
    Quote:I'm sorry you didn't have a better time with your hatching [​IMG] You didn't do anything wrong. I made the mistake and didn't do anything and lost all but 3 chicks out of 18 eggs [​IMG] Not to mention the only reason I got the 3 chicks was because I helped them out. I got them out of the shell and membrane, kind of did the whole thing [​IMG] They are healthy and loving life now.
    Personally I think we have already messed with " Mother Nature " by taking eggs and trying to copy what the mother hen does.

    You have to do what you think is best [​IMG]
  5. crazypetlady

    crazypetlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    I just had 2 chicks do this the 1st one I didn't help after it had been pipped over 24 hours and it died because the membrane dried out, humidity was 2 low. I shouild have helped it sooner. The 2nd chick I helped in time ans it is the biggest healthiest chick of the group.

    I guess it's up to the eggs caregiver.

    I think you did the right thing!!!
  6. floridachickhatcher

    floridachickhatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2011
    yeah i have had a few chicks blowing bubbles i got so tired of them hatching out sticky from the humidity being at 60% so i said enough and i started dry hatching at 99* and 30% humidity for 18 days and then when hatching it gets bumped up to 50% and 101* in my still air hatcher and plus i hatch by the moon and with my last hatch i lost 2 one died from spraddled legs it was too late for me to help her cause there were 13 other chicks in there with her in the brooder and one died from not zipping the egg she just didnt want to come out of the egg but by then the humidity was 60-70% from all the other chicks heat still being in there
  7. skillswife

    skillswife Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2010
    SW Montana
    I help when needed. My last duckling to hatch was having trouble, my mommy instinct said if I didn't help it it wasn't going to make it. So I very slowly and carefully helped it. She is a wonderful pekin duck named Odette and is happy and healthy. I figure if I help and the baby still dies then its survival of the fittest, but if I have the power to help I do it. Now that doesn't mean I think every egg needs help and I try to give a fair amount of time like it seem you did. Don't 2nd guess yourself.

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