Hatch Day With Intervention - Pic heavy (mild graphic)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Wildsky, Mar 10, 2008.

  1. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    This morning I woke to a pip ! [​IMG] (White Arucana)

    Very exciting, I waited a few hours before noticing there were actually 3 pips. Two were on the underside of the eggs. (dark Arucana and EE)
    After thinking it though for a few minutes and thanks to a friend, I opened the bator with lightning speed turned those two eggs a quarter turn. Temp dropped a degree. Humidity was at 70%

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    4 eggs in above pic. Top left is Dark Arucana, Top Right EE, bottom Left White Arucana.

    The day went on, I paced back and forth and not much happened.... peeping and little bits of movement.
    By 4pm the EE was starting to zip..... took until my hubby got home after 5 before:

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    At that point the dark Arucana was making me worry - the pip was at the pointy end.... - the membrane was darkening... the White Arucana's membrane was white and I could see that it was soft as the little booger was pushing though.

    I decided to intervene. The membrane was hard crispy almost..... I took the egg out, on a wet warm towel and picked off some shell - trying to leave the membrane alone. I nicked it and drew a drop of blood, I quickly wrapped it in a wet paper towel - put a drop of water as close to that dry spot as I could and put it back:
    (in the pic - the dry yellow at the top is where the original pip was)

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    I pulled the egg out a total of 4 times, the second time was to pick away more shell. The 3rd time I tackled a piece of membrane - it was like leather, I peeled back a little - and again drew a drop of blood.... wrapped it up with a wet warm papertowel and back in the incubator.... my husband took these:

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    The shell was half gone at this point, but the membrane remained - the chick was moving still, beak opening and closing.
    I went in for the final intervention...... that membrane was TOUGH.... if it wasn't for the little sharp points on my swiss army knife tweezers I never would have gotten it off... again half way through removing the membrane on that half - I drew a drop of blood. My son was my helper - I got him to dip a folded paper towel and hold it - I moved the chick and her shell to his hand, and she KICKED - losing the bottom half of the shell - I could see blood vessels still, I quickly picked her up with her half shell and put her back in the bator....

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    She lay like that for over an hour - breathing heavy.....

    Her two bator mates making a huge noise:

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    FINALLY - she's UP - she looks FANTASTIC although still wet... she's drying to a dark silvery grey it seems.....

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    She still has some goop on her, and a piece of shell - but I'm not worried about that at this point... I'm just THRILLED I intervened in time for her to MAKE IT!!!!

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  2. countryboy

    countryboy Songster

    Oct 31, 2007
    that has got to be one of the greatest grouping of pics i have seen. congratulations.
     
  3. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    [​IMG] Thank you - I'll get another pic tomorrow when they're fluffed up!
     
  4. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

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    Great pics! Congrats on the hatch! Is the other little egg doing anything?? Come on baby! peep peep peep!!!
     
  5. steffpeck

    steffpeck Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
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    Love them!!!! I have an incubator coming in the mail anyday now. I can't wait to have some new babies to play with!!!!!
     
  6. cockadoodlemom

    cockadoodlemom Songster

    Feb 25, 2007
    Texas
    [​IMG] Congrats on those purdy babies! You did great!
     
  7. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    What precious little babies! Maybe the little one you helped is blue? [​IMG]
     
  8. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

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    Congrats! They are very pretty chicks.
     
  9. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Early morning pic's [​IMG]

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  10. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    Very cool!
    Awesome photos!! [​IMG]
     

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