Eggs hatched- now what


In the Brooder
11 Years
Mar 21, 2008
Today I had to help 3 eggs to hatch.
Right now they are all out of the shells.

However they are still attached to the shell- is that normal?

One of them is really moving around and getting upset not being able to get away from the shell.

Another one is just laying there pretty much lifeless, breathing fast and faintly- do you think he will die?

And lastly the third one is breathing normal, but just laying there, looks like resting.

So what happens now? Does the shell dry out and detach, is there anything I can do for the one thats not moving and lifeless.

New to this so anything is helpful.
we were on day 24.

They were showing no sign of hatching, not even a sound.

When I read the how to forum, I got them opened up, and they had there beaks through the blood vessel membrane however the membrane was dry and stuck to them,

I really feel they would have died, if I had not done something.
I have read so many different sites and post about temp and humidty. It really does become confusing.

The temp at 99.5 humdity was at 65, I later when I learned how I raised it to 80, but they still didnt do anything.

2 out of 3 are chirping now, I just want to know what to except, I guess
Happy to hear two are chirping. Good luck to you!
This is our first and last time to incubate, it was a rough start at first, and one day the temp spiked for an hour of 120,

we continued to candled all were still alive, I just became very worried then today came around and still nothing.
Where were you taking the 99.5 degrees reading during incubation? Which model incubator are you using?

I ask because still air incubators need to be 101 - 102 at the top of the eggs. Forced air needs to be 100 - 101. The 99.5 reading is only taken with a probe and using something like a water wiggler to mimic the internal temp of an egg. Those 1 to 1.5 degree variances do have a huge impact on a hatch.

Don't throw in the towel. Once you learn to hatch it won't be so stressful.

Many times we chicken farmers NEVER get a broody hen and therefore have no choice but to hatch in an incubator.

Surge protectors can help with spikes. You also need to have the incubator in a room that is very stable in temps and no drafts.

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