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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    Good job!

    We've actualy had this discussion. How the fan will affect pippers if it's blowing on them.
     
  2. jlashaw

    jlashaw Out Of The Brooder

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    Congrats on your cute babies! I have to rotate my eggs around the bator because I've noticed the fan helps them lose weight and hatch really fast. Not sure if this is true, but every egg I've left next to it seems to progress a lot quicker.
     
  3. jlashaw

    jlashaw Out Of The Brooder

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    A few days ago, I posted about my broody. I'm not sure what to do if she doesn't assist because I'm a hands on hatcher! I only use the incubator so thank you for answering my question. I didn't know if hens actually assist. This makes me feel better.:D
     
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  4. boymeetschicken

    boymeetschicken Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm glad I found this thread. I'm having a lot of trouble with this hatch. This egg got rolled over pip side down so I removed the two hatched chicks, righted the egg, and added water to my Brinsea. This morning no progress and the membrane was brown and stiff. I applied a wet q-tip and it immediately started to pip more but it's stuck at this stage. Looks like the membrane has hardened and it can't get out. What to do? There are two more eggs in the bator, no visible pips, but I haven't checked yet to see if they are also pip side down.
     
  5. caesargirl

    caesargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do u see any veins when the membrane is wet? When did it pip at first?
     
  6. Sarkchick

    Sarkchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    CindyD is having hatching problems with her Pekins. Looking for help
     
  7. boymeetschicken

    boymeetschicken Out Of The Brooder

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    It pipped sometime last night. I didn't know for ages because it was lying on its pip. When I finally saw it that's when I turned it over and took out one chick. This morning another chick had hatched and turned it over AGAIN. So I took out the second chick and righted it and gave it some q-tip treatment. The chick is cheeping and moving lots and it has made a lot of progress in punching out the shell but can't seem to break the membrane.

    This morning when I applied the q-tip there were no veins on the visible membrane. Right now I can see some veins on the membrane and it looks hard and tough. Poor chick.
     
  8. Lacrystol

    Lacrystol Hatching Helper

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    Thank you, I got her back.. lol
     
  9. caesargirl

    caesargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try adding some bacitracin (I keep a tube in th bator to keep it melty, easier to use). Now I'm sure I'll get jumped on for what I'm about to say but,.... When the membranes harden I use tiny scissors to snip into the membrane in the dry spots so the baby can tear through. Since you're still seeing veins, only do the dry crispy places. Veins mean not ready. Still absorbing yolk.
    I keep my eggs on little rings I cut from paper towel tubes. Keeps em from rolling.
     
  10. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    Forgive me if this has been asked and answered (probably a dozen times). I did try to search the thread but I must not be using the exact, perfect keywords. The eggs I have in the incubator were all shipped. In almost every one of the 27 eggs, the air cells were floating all over in them, which I expected. So they sat for a time, then they were checked again. AS FAR AS I CAN TELL, most of them seemed to be stable. I think I counted 11 that were still very wobbly - I'll have to recheck my notes. Anyway, when they went into the incubators I put them all with the pointy end down, fat end up, because of the air cells. Now, Blooie's stoopid question of the day - (and I'm sure will be many more) I see that most people incubate and hatch with the eggs on their sides. Is there at time in this process that I should shift mine to that position, or should I leave them the whole time? I dunno - I'm wingin' it here!!
     

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