First Hatched Chicks!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Chicken Trimble, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. Chicken Trimble

    Chicken Trimble New Egg

    Feb 11, 2010
    :lol:My first attempt at using an incubator was successful! I started with 6 eggs and so far 3 have hatched and the chicks are doing great. I have two more that started pipping out of their shells but seem to be struggling. The three chicks keep moving the unhatched chicks around. One has only its beak out of its shell but it is breathing. The other is farther along pipping out of the shell but it looks like it may have died. I will let the one breathing continue but how long should I let the other stay?
  2. mothersin2ition

    mothersin2ition Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2008
    Othello, WA
    are you sure its dead? It takes a tremendous amount of energy to hatch, it might just be taking a break to gain some strength. I would wait until the other one who is breathing is out, and fluffed (up to 24 hours) before you take the other one out. In nature, the mom hen will continue sitting on any unhatched eggs for 1-2 days before she gives them up for dead and takes the live chicks out into the world. So give the last eggs a day or so before you count them out. If you want to (I know this is a no-no but I do it), you can candle the eggs during lockdown and see if there's movement so you'll know if it has died or not.

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