Hatching troubles today!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by 2eggselent, Feb 8, 2014.

  1. 2eggselent

    2eggselent New Egg

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    All-we are brand new. First batch of 24 eggs and today is day 21. We have one little beak poking out, 2 eggs with small cracks. How long does it typically take for a chick to get out of the shell? The one with the beak out is still chirping, but has been working over 12 hours now and only has a small hole. Is this normal?

    Thank you so much for this website and for your advice!!!
     
  2. red horse ranch

    red horse ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had eggs pipped for 18 to 24 hours before hatching. It can take that long for the egg sack to be absorbed and the blood vessels to dry up. So don't give up yet.
    If the hole gets bigger but the chick doesn't appear to be 'unzipping' the shell (the crack working it's way around the shell) It's possible that the chick is stuck to the shell. Or the humidity could be low and the membrane to tough to tear. In this case you'll have to decide whether you want to 'help' it out. However, that should be a last resort after 24 hours. Many people don't agree with 'helping' but I have saved a lot of chicks that way.
    If you decide to help, only remove the top half of the shell. It's important that they kick their way out of the shell. And stop at the first sign of fresh blood. Put it back in the incubator. [​IMG]
     
  3. 2eggselent

    2eggselent New Egg

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    Thank you, thank you, thank you! We have 13 healthy chicks!! Was able to help one along, another died in it's shell without intervention. Great advice and much appreciated!!!!
     
  4. red horse ranch

    red horse ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Glad you had a good hatch![​IMG]
     

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