Hatching chick blowing bubbles HELP

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  1. Ardizzone7

    Ardizzone7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a chick the is half way through its zip and now it is blowing bubbles around its nose and mouth. Is this ok? I have had chicks do this after hatch when they get too much water and they die. Please let me know if I should intervene.
     
  2. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Well, by now whatever was going to happen happened. It sounds as though the eggs didn't loose enough moisture and the chick was aspirating on the excess fluid, which is not a good thing. Depending on how much they breath in and whether it is expelled will have a lot to determine ability to survive. My theory is if a chick starts a zip and stops without progressing w/in 15 minutes help it. zipping is not like pipping and shouldn't take that long from start to finish. Others don't believe in helping a chick at all, so it's a judgement call and depends on your philosophies. What was the outcome?
     
  3. Ardizzone7

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    I ended up using a paper towel to dry the area near the beak and face. The body was drying out so I put a wet paper towel on it. Later it had progressed but stopped again so wetted the body and peeled a little of the shell back. I stayed with it until it hatch. Thank goodness! It seems to be pretty healthy [​IMG]

    Now I have another question, my humidity dropped to 52% today while I was gone. I have 5 more eggs that I expected to pip today and they did not. Would the drop in humidity affect the ones that didn't pop? I have the humidity back up to 70%. I am hoping they will continue to hatch like they should. Am I correct?
     
  4. AmyLynn2374

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    The drop in humidity with them not having pipped shouldn't make them not pip. The biggest risk you have with low humidity at hatch is the possibility that the membranes will dry out and either glue themselves to the chick or possibly shrink wrap around the chick. Either way it prevents the chick from progressing. If you got the humidit back up then if they are going to pip, they should without problem. If for some reason they don't, it should not be because the humidity dropped prior to pipping. If those eggs were in cool spots in the bator or the average temp was a little lower they could show a delay. If the humidity was too high over the average of incubation, and the eggs did not lose enough moisture, there is a possibility of having chicks DIS.

    Congrats on the little one. Glad he/she made it.
     
  5. Ardizzone7

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    Unfortunately the little one died over night. I still have 6 eggs that haven't piped. I have one chick out of 9 eggs. 2 more piped but one piped at the wrong end and the other piped on the wrong side of the air cell. Both died. Ugh! I have hatched 5 times and this is by far the worst turnout I have had. It is day 22. The first hatched day 20. Should I candle the remaining eggs that haven't piped to see if there is movement? I have done everything the same way I always incubate. This is the first batch that was ordered through the mail. Maybe that has something to do with it? Some air cells were displaced when the package delivered, but I followed the insteuctions I found on here about how to get them in the right place. They all seemed ok each time I candled.

    I'm just frustrated [​IMG]
     
  6. AmyLynn2374

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    Yes, shipped eggs have a much lower expected hatch rate than locals. Most people feel grateful if they get 50% for shipped. I would candle them at this point. Sorry to hear that you are having so much trouble. Sometimes the damage done (at the cellular level) from shipping and rough handling is just too much for them. Plus eggs from different sources are different qualities and your normal methods may or may not have comparable results.
     
  7. Ardizzone7

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    Thank you for your help! I'll candle tonight so I can see the best. Ill let you know what I see. I'll have to get my chick a buddy. She is chirping like crazy lol!
     
  8. AmyLynn2374

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    My very first hatch was a flop (bad thermometer) and I ended up with an only chick and omg, they can be loud and needy when they are by themselves...lol Good Luck with him/her.
     
  9. Ardizzone7

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    Well I candled them and they are all dead. 2 had piped internally but didn't make it out for what ever reason. The others didn't and seemed to have fluid in their sacks. It's weird because some were too dry but others were too wet. :confused:. I guess I should just chalk this one up to experience.
     
  10. AmyLynn2374

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    Sometimes it's the difference in egg shell porosity. And I have often wondered but have not researched yet, how an embryo breaks down after death in the shell. If a chick dies let's say between 15 and 18 days and a chick dies at days 19/20 can you judge them based on observation? Would the earlier death become more dry maybe loose more moisture or would it become more wet or muchy due to break down? I don't know. I highly recommend eggtopsies because they can be very helpful, but I do wonder about the decomp changes that occur before eggtopsies.

    Sorry to hear they didn't make it. The two that pipped, were they "wet" or had a significant amount of extra fluid in them?
     

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