Did I kill it? I feel so bad :(

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Mommi3130, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. Mommi3130

    Mommi3130 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2009
    Okay so my eggs are due to hatch on Saturday, I was going to go into lockdown tomorrow morning. Is that wrong?
    Cause I just opened the bator to put in water and I have a pipped egg. Did I kill it? They were still in the turner. [​IMG]
    I quickly took them out of the turner and shut the lid.
    Can someone tell me if it will still hatch. I fell so bad [​IMG]
  2. reesepoultry

    reesepoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 4, 2009
    No, you didn't kill it. I get in my bator during hatching process all the time to get the hatched chicks out. If I don't remove the hatched chicks they knock around the unhatched eggs and end up killing them.

  3. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    No, it will be fine! [​IMG] Make a note of when you first noticed it pip. If it has made absolutely no progress by the time several other eggs are hatched, or if it keeps expanding its pip in one location but never starts to zip even after several others have, then you may have to help it unzip. However, it will most likely be just fine. Just get that humidity well up and then sit on your hands for a couple days.

    I also open my incubator twice a day during a hatch to remove babies and debris. I do make sure the humidity is really high first, though, and then check it again when I close the bator. Yours may have been drier for a bit longer than is standard for me, so I would still keep a close eye on it. But low humidity rarely kills them outright--it just makes it harder for them to zip.

    Good luck and happy hatching!!

    (P.S. No, you didn't do wrong. It's not uncommon for eggs to hatch a couple days early depending on incubation temps. In the future, you can practice candling to see how close they are to hatching. I always lock them down as soon as I start to see little bills in the air sac--sometimes that's a couple days early or a couple days late).
  4. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
    Mine are due also. Good luck with your hatch and don't worry about opening the bator. Don't forget to post pics.[​IMG]
  5. Mommi3130

    Mommi3130 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2009
    It hatched!! A beautiful little silkie! Out of my white roo and buff hen, both bearded! It is so cute!!
  6. Debbi

    Debbi Overrun With Chickens

    May 2, 2010

    YEEEEAAAA!!!!!!!! Congrats!!! [​IMG]
  7. kipper

    kipper Chillin' With My Peeps

    My Silkie and MFD eggs all began hatching earlier than 21 days. Is this typical? other breeds (like polish) took the full 21 days.
  8. Cattitude

    Cattitude Chillin' With My Peeps

    Congratz on your new baby! [​IMG]
  9. Slater1995

    Slater1995 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:No, I check on mine all the time while they are piped and the all come out fine. I would take them out of the turner and put them on the floor of the bator and leave them you don't want them hatching in the turner. It may not zip and hatch until tomorrow so you have to sit on your hands.
  10. Mommi3130

    Mommi3130 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2009
    Quote:I am not sure if it is normal, but I have 2 chicks so far and another few pipped and I am day 19 today!

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