Hatching Problem: When do I intervene???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Want Less, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. Want Less

    Want Less Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2010
    New Bern, NC
    We are on day 23 in our incubator with an egg that pipped yesterday early afternoon (so we are at about 18-20 hours). There was no progress on the pip for the first ~10 hours, then late last night the chick finally tore through the membrane and made a real hole. This morning the hole is bigger, but the chick is so far still not properly zipping. She's breathing and peeping and wiggling, but its more like she's concentrating on getting her beak out of the hole (you can see hole size in photo) than she is working on zipping.

    I do believe that sometimes chicks for one reason or another are just not meant to hatch, but at the same time I'm willing to somewhat assist. I'm trying to keep the incubator humidity up to prevent drying since it is taking so long, but at what point do I consider intervening?

    (Side note: we have one other egg in the incubator that just now on day 23 has pipped... I figured it was a dud until now. I'd think that something was wrong incubation wise (heat/humidity, etc) but we had 20 healthy chicks hatch on days 21-22.)

    What would you guys do? If it makes any difference, this struggling egg was a shipped egg. The newly pipped egg is from our hen.

    (Cross posted in Incubation/Hatching area, wasnt sure of best place for this question)

  2. loanwizard

    loanwizard Chillin' With My Peeps

    After my last experience, I am a firm let God do it person. That said, when I helped, I used a bowl of very warm water, a paper towel and my fingernails. Make sure you peel the egg shell first, then the membrane. Don't make them bleed or you've killed them, at least in my experience.

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