Did I do the right thing?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CHKNFMR, Jun 4, 2008.


    CHKNFMR In the Brooder

    Apr 21, 2008
    Yesterday morning I heard my first peep from the bator. This is the second batch of eggs I have incubated. By the time I got home I had a cute little fuzzy butt chirping like crazy in there, and another pipping. Where the pip started there was a little bloody ooze around the hole. Little 'lips' (HAHA) were poked through and it was breathing on it's on and makig little peeps. I figured it would come on through during the night and hatch. This morning when I got up. there was no change but he seemed to not be moving and trying as much. His little beak would open and close but no sound. I opened the hole just a tad bigger and saw that he had pipped just below the air bubble level, in the sac. Once I opened it up a bit he got a bit more active but seemed really stressed. I opened the end of the shell where the air sac was and the membrane had gotten a bit dry and was starting to stick to him, restraining his movement to get out. Once I pulled back the drying part of the sac he pushed really hard and broke the shell open right there in my hand. He was still really wet and had a kind of bloody slimy feeling but cheeped really loudly once out. He felt kind of cool as soon as he came out of the shell so I put him straight back into the bator to warm up and dry out. I had to leave him, with a little prayer, [​IMG] as I was already late for work. Did I do the right thing or would he have been able to come out on his own? I didn't make him come out too early did I? The membrane was kind of tough and he was starting to dry out from the air getting inside the egg where he had pipped it open. I hope he's gonna be all fuzzy and happy when I get home today (at 5pm). [​IMG] I hate not knowing what's happening.
  2. NoSpringChick

    NoSpringChick Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    SE PA
    I'm hopeful for you! Keep us posted!
  3. At least he's out and in a warm bator. I think he'll be fine! He'll probably have a fuzzy little butt when you get home....keep us posted!
  4. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    Bring on the pics. [​IMG]
  5. amyquilt

    amyquilt Serama Mama

    May 17, 2008
    Amarillo, TX
    OH dang!

    Waiting for 5pm [​IMG]

    CHKNFMR In the Brooder

    Apr 21, 2008
    [​IMG] Sorry to say.... he didn't make it. When I got home yesterday he was curled up dry and crusty like, but alive. I moistened him up enough he could move around a bit and made sure to keep him warm the whole time. He was tucked in safe and warm when I went to bed, but gave up the fight during the night. He was gone when I got up this morning. Guesss maybe I shouldn't have intervened. [​IMG] Would it be crazy of me if i told ya'll I feel like shedding some tears for him. My DH said I was crazy for tearing up over one cause there are 15+ other eggs that are inthe bator ready to hatch too. I guess cause I held him in my hands when he came out of the shell, and knew there was life in him. DH can be so detached sometimes.
  7. MaryT

    MaryT Songster

    May 5, 2008
    It is so hard to know whether or not to intervien! You did what you thought you had to, take that into consideration, it was for love of the chick, I am sure others would have done it as well.......... Good luck with the rest of your hatch..
  8. ginbart

    ginbart Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    I cried like a baby when I lost my 3 so go ahead and cry. You may fell a little better. Some of us are crying with you. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

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