hatching question - help?!

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by nsanywhere, Jun 6, 2010.

  1. nsanywhere

    nsanywhere Songster

    Jan 8, 2010
    I've got peacock eggs in the incubator - 6 set to hatch around June 7. 2 of them started hatching two days ago (day 25). One died in the egg, cracked the shell but didn't get through the membrane. The other is STILL hatching - its been 48 hours and I'm worried. I hear peeping, see breathing, the shell is cracked and a big piece is off, the membrane is pierced, but still the baby is in the egg.

    Is there anything I should do? Just leave it alone, or pull off the shell?
  2. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Is the membrane dry? Sometimes it sticks if there is not enough humidity. Some people help, some people don't. If I feel it might be my fault and not a weak chick, I will take a tooth pick and pop off some of the shell over the air cell. I then will check and see how it is doing. If it is dry I will take a damp finger and lightly rehydrate the membrane. If the blood vessels have resided and the chick is stuck on a hardened membrane I will loosen it carefully to make sure it does not bleed. Then leave it be and see if it can hatch.

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