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Do I need to help these chicks hatch? Help it's my first hatch!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by brielin024, Apr 21, 2017.

  1. brielin024

    brielin024 Just Hatched

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    How long do chicks typically stay at this stage?
    I'm worried because the day before yesterday my incubator ran out of water (don't know for how long) and hatching was goig well before that but ever since I've had to help one that couldn't get unzipped and then yesterday I lost one :"( it was taking all day to pip so I'm afraid these guys will have the same fate. Does being dry for a day mean their dry inside and can't get out? I rectified the humidity issue and it's been 65% since I started monitoring it yesterday.
    What qre the consequences of letting it run dry?
    Do I help these guys or leave them be?
    One's been chirping in the egg since 2:45am and I noticed they'd both started little cracks as you can see in the picture at 8 , that's when I noticed but not sure how long they've been this way. 2 hours since I noticed it
    I'm so stressed!
    Thank you
     
  2. brielin024

    brielin024 Just Hatched

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  3. brielin024

    brielin024 Just Hatched

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    Sorry there's the picture^
     
  4. Jetblack2004

    Jetblack2004 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The one thing you shouldn't do is panic! The chicks know what they're dong. Some chicks pip and unzip quickly while others take longer. The hatching process is tiring and the chicks will need to rest. 65% is good; if it starts getting low then give the eggs a spray. The egg in the picture looks perfectly normal. If you put the egg to your ear you should be able to hear it pecking at the shell.

    Many chicks start pipping and then die. It doesn't mean all the other eggs are going to die as well. It sounds as if your hatch will be fine :)

    -Jet
     
  5. brielin024

    brielin024 Just Hatched

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    ThANK You Sooooooo Much Jet!
    I know I messed up by letting the water run out in the wells the other day but can they bounce back now that the humidity is back to 65?
    I was trying to do the right thing by mot opening the incubator but now I know that water must be added daily!
     
  6. Jetblack2004

    Jetblack2004 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No problem! I'm glad I could help.

    Yep, water is VERY important. You need to check regularly to make sure the wells still have water in.
    Please update me when your chicks have finished hatching!

    -Jet
     
  7. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    First off, it can take 24 hours for chicks to progress from pip to zip. After they pip the vascular system between the egg and chick have to shut down and the chick is also strengthening it's lungs and in some instances absorbing any yolk that hasn't absorbed. Assisting should never be done before 12 hours and I don't recommend it before 18-24 hours and ONLY if the veining is drawn back. I seldom have a chick progress before 10-12 hours after pip.
    Personally, I prefer my hatch humidity at 70-75% because I am hands on and I do open the bator during hatch, but 65% is ok, I just wouldn't be as quick to open it at that level.
     
  8. brielin024

    brielin024 Just Hatched

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    Would you call this pipping? All the ones that hatched before my incubator ran dry pipped with their beaks coming through the shell. These are just barely cracked. Several ppl have suggested opening a small hole so they can breathe but that's what I did to the one who was going through this same thing yesterday and he died last night
     
  9. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Yes, that is a pip and no you don't have to do anything for it. This is what you normally see with a pip, later they may knock shell off before the zip, but not always. I had 6 silkies hatch last week, only one knocked shell off before zipping. The rest went from this to the zip.
     
  10. brielin024

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    Ok! I thought it was an incomplete attempt at pipping because my previous 5 had all broken the membrane and shell and the beaks were visible, these have broken the shell but NOT the membrane underneath, that's ok? I'm also wondering how they're breathing (I know they are because I hear very faint peeping) while still sealed under the membrane? ?
     

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