Had to Help a Chick Hatch--first time. Hope She's ok

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by EquestrianGal, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. EquestrianGal

    EquestrianGal Out Of The Brooder

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    She looks almost too young (feathers are thin), but she started pipping last night, had a substantial hole by 5 this evening then made no progress. After 24 hours, I think she was just tired out. We finally intervened, although I was nervous the whole time. She is peeping a lot and I think she is going to make it, but I am still worried.

    I don't want to take her out of the bator--hoping she doesn't hurt the other eggs by running into them. Two others have pips [​IMG]
     
  2. mljohnson05

    mljohnson05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
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    Some times it can take them 36 hours or so from time of pip...but I am glad she is doing ok [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  3. EquestrianGal

    EquestrianGal Out Of The Brooder

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    wow--I had never heard of it taking that long. good to know! this had been over 24. but she is still peeping away, so hoping she is really ok
     
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  4. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No way could I wait 36 hrs! I have helped several chicks from their shells after a long hatch attempt. Gotta be very careful around the vessels. A chick can bleed to death in just a few drops.
     
  5. justtoni44

    justtoni44 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It will be fine..................do not be surprized if she sleeps a lot,and she will not hurt the ther eggs......
    Her talking to them will encourage them and often my hatched chicks lay on the unhattched eggs.
    I think it is warm but for what ever reason, it is very cute............
    Relax....have fun.................[​IMG] It will be fine
    Oh, one more thing.I still pace and worry every hatch like it was the first.........[​IMG]
     
  6. EquestrianGal

    EquestrianGal Out Of The Brooder

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    she is doing great this morning and we had another hatch during the night. had to help her a very little bit at the end b/c the membrane had dried out and stuck to her feathers. I moistened it and got it loose and put baby back in incubator. she seems to be doing all right, now, too.

    This is our first incubator hatch and I can tell there are humidity issues. we are definitely going to make some alterations before we try again.
     
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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