Hands on hatching and help

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AmyLynn2374, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I think it's a good idea too because every one is different and while it's nice to have a guidline for assisting, not every assist should neccessarily be done the same way either because of circumstances.
     
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  2. RubyNala97

    RubyNala97 Overrun With Chickens

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    I love your post!! And I've shared the same exact argument with Amy. In the human birthing world, a doctor will go above and beyond to make sure that every baby gets a chance. My son was breech and I had a c-section! I'm big on assisting malpositioned pippers (I've had quite a few that zipped all on their own) but for the ones that can't zip because of position, they NEED the help, otherwise they will die in that position. I also like what you said about saving a dead person. I had to put myself into that mind frame for my first few assists because I was so nervous and so scared!! I felt like I was doing surgery...my stomach would be in my throat! It took me awhile to start to get comfortable. I still have my moments. My last assist was this past weekend. I'm using a new incubator and had major humidity issues that glued a chick into the shell. I couldn't get the chick out without soaking the egg in warm water. The chick was aspirating so I had to think quick. But luckily, I've gotten more comfortable with it. And as long as I don't see blood I know the chick is ready! Ok, I'm starting to ramble on. Again, I really enjoyed reading your post!! Very well said, I agreed with each point!
     
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  3. kuchchicks

    kuchchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just wanted to bump this to the top again. I think this is an important topic and needs to be seen for those out there looking for help. I am a helper for sure but think people often help too early. I honk it's important to note that the majority of all hatches will go off without issue. It's really a very small number that truly need assistance. BUT for those few out there that do I think it is important to have correct information. When to act, when to stop, pros and cons, etc. I am glad to see there are people on this thread with experience. :jumpy
     
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  4. RubyNala97

    RubyNala97 Overrun With Chickens

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    I just had a hatch a few days ago that went totally smooth. Didn't need to help any of them. Even had a wrong end pipper that zipped fine on its own. It was a relief and a stress free hatch. Usually after I have a hatch that needs a lot of assistance, I tell myself I need a hatching break. Even for me, I get so stressed over worrying if they will make it (even though they always have). So you're right, some hatches go completely smooth and others not so much. I think we should bump every now and then because when someone is looking for help they might not see this thread. :)
     
  5. kuchchicks

    kuchchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feel the same way! Every time I have hatches that need assistance I take a break too. I enjoy hatching so much more when it just happens! Otherwise I'm a worried mess.

    Congrats on your hatch!
     
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  6. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Assisting doesn't really nerve me out....lol I don't know why. Maybe because they have always gone so well. The first couple I did was very stressful. I only get stressed if I see bleeding...lol
     
  7. chicapee

    chicapee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I assisted two malpositioned chicks in my first two hatches and both turned out to be healthy. With the help and support from the lovely ladies on this forum.
     
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  8. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    On a malpositioned egg I check the air supply, but try and leave the chick. They have not digested all the yolk some times, and it is best to let a chick to say in an egg unless the membrane has turned brown. Chicks don't need to come out early, I will help slowly after day 22 and if there is blood stop, and you can dab it with flour.
     
  9. RubyNala97

    RubyNala97 Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, I know it doesn't stress you out!! :gig
    You always say you can't believe how much patience I have...but that is why...it makes me a nervous wreck! So I hold out as long as possible.

    Yes, a malpositioned pip has not had the +\-24 hours of internal pip time to breath oxygen and absorb yolk. Their external pip is equivalent to an internal pip on a correctly positioned chick. I've had about 50/50 malpositions zip on their own, the other half need help. But I always give them about 30-36 hours to make progress on their own. As long as they can breath, like you said they *should be ok to sit. And I've used corn starch with good success at stopping bleeding.
     
  10. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    That's awesome! Good job!

    LMAO!
     
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