Hands on hatching and help

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

  1. Pattercorn11

    Pattercorn11 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 10, 2015
    I am currently at day 22. 9 eggs made it to lockdown out of 12. And so far 2 have hatched and are cruising around. A third egg has externally pipped for 24 hours now. I had hoped that it would hatch over night last night. It has made a TINY bit more progress since I saw it last night. I'm pretty sure it pipped at the narrow end of the egg though. But I do know it is still alive. When do I intervene? Or does it sound like I need to at all? This is my first hatch so although my hatch rate is subpar at the moment, I can only go up from here. Next go around I don't plan on going out of town and leaving my husband in charge for 3 days who was over generous with the humidity! Ha! He tried to help! Thanks for your help!
  2. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

    Oct 11, 2014
    Gouverneur, NY
    I start assisting at 24 hours. If it's malpositioned in the pointed end you may not be ble to do much more than widen the pip hole, because there might still be prominent veing at the bottom. You can start though and that will let you asses the chick's position better, but if there are still thick veins, stop and give him more time.
  3. kgoslar21

    kgoslar21 New Egg

    Oct 25, 2015
    So apparently hands on is paying off. I have been sleeping in the living room to keep an eye on my hatch and last night I woke up at 3 am because the heat lamp went off. We lost power for 3 or 4 hours. I filled mason jars with hot water and threw them in the incubator as fast as I could as safely as I could. I think I put 6 8 oz jars in their and a couple of big ones in with the chicks that had hatched already. Then I put towels and a blanket over the brooder and the incubator. I had one that had just hatched running around in the incubator but did not want to take him out. When the power came on the incubator was still at 92! I know it was a temp drop but seriously it's snowing and blowing outside with no heat in the house. I have now had one more hatch since and a few that were pipped last night that are still moving around. I am feeling very good about my first hatch now!
  4. FridayYet

    FridayYet Innocent Bystander

    Mar 3, 2011
    The Land of Enchantment
    Nice job!
  5. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

    Oct 11, 2014
    Gouverneur, NY
    Sorry about the luck, but good job! It's been snowing here all morning. Supposed to be in the low 60's for Easter though!! lol
  6. newwestchick

    newwestchick Chillin' With My Peeps


    Lots of CHEEPING going on in the bator! Day 20

    Got up at 5:30 to go to work and two ameraucana had pipped. A third one has since I left (my husband texted me) so hopefully we will get some zipping and hatching in the next 24 hours.

    The pips are all in ameraucana eggs only right now, I felt like they might start first as the eggs are much smaller than the light Sussex and Marans ones. I'm not even sure if that is a "thing" but I'm sticking to it lol

    Will post up more pictures when we get more action!!
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  7. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

    Oct 11, 2014
    Gouverneur, NY
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  8. samandemsmommy

    samandemsmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2014
    Hickory, NC
  9. ShanandGem

    ShanandGem Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2016
    All this hatching talk is making me itchy. I've lost a couple of birds over the last few days to tainted feed and I could hatch some to replace my losses....
    NO! Must wait for my fan to get here....must wait.....
  10. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

    Jun 24, 2012
    My Coop


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