Egg pipped at wrong end, intervene or not?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Barred Rocker, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. Barred Rocker

    Barred Rocker cracked egg

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    I'm sure this subject has been discussed many times before but I've never had this happen before so I never really paid attention. I've got new hampshire chick pipping on the narrow end of the egg. Anyone have any experience with this? Can it hatch normally or will it need help?
     
  2. williamsl77

    williamsl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have any experience to say this with, but I think from theory that you would HAVE to help it. Can it breath? Is the aircell on the narrow end?
     
  3. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    Don't do a thing. If you can see the external pip, the chick has penetrated the inner membrane and shell and can breathe. It will be fine, just give it time. They do that sometimes.

    Edit: It should hatch normally. The only reason it may not is if it is oddly positioned and cannot rotate to zip through the shell. Don't rush with trying to help it, though. It can take a while, it is exhausting for the chick. And if you try and help before all the blood vessels around the shell have dried, then the chick can bleed to death.
     
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  4. Barred Rocker

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    Thanks, I'll keep an eye on it. I've learned though experience to not intervene unless absolutely necessary but I've never dealt with this situation before. Hopefully he'll find his way out.
     
  5. Jay262

    Jay262 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My last hatch the chicks piped all over the place top bottom sides i didnt touch them they were ok. It shouldnt be a issue.
     
  6. williamsl77

    williamsl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well... I would go with the experts! I learned something, too!
     
  7. tmoore8595

    tmoore8595 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This happens often, usually not a problem.
     
  8. pax12

    pax12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had alot hatch on the wrong end
     
  9. Barred Rocker

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    Well he made it out. So that answers that question. You learn something new everyday.[​IMG]
     

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