HELP! 24 Hours and nothing

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Sapphirex2, May 30, 2012.

  1. Sapphirex2

    Sapphirex2 Hatching

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    I have an egg that pipped yesterday at 9 am, it is making progress but its breathing is slowing and it looks stuck. I can't seem to get humidity above 69%. I have sponges and a rag in the incubator. I have four that have pipped and hatched in this time frame that are roaming the insides of the incubator. I have two more eggs that have pipped and aren't doing anything. I have 12 more eggs that when candled on the 12th day showed movement and veins but they haven't pipped or done anything yet. My questions are:

    1. Do I worry about the chick that pipped yesterday morning and try to help him along? Or will I sacrafice the other two by opening the incubator?

    2. How long do I wait for the eggs that haven't pipped? Is it too late for those eggs or is there still the chance that they could pip and hatch chicks?

    I'm sorry for all the info! This is my second hatch and my first hatch didn't go well and this one isn't going any better! I'm starting to feel like I'm not cut out for this as it is stressing me out that I am making the wrong decisions for these baby chicks.

    Thank you for any insight you can offer!

    Liz
     
  2. CayleeMarie03

    CayleeMarie03 Songster

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    1. Don't open the incubator!!! Ley mother nature take over.

    2. Wait as long as you think you need to for those fellows that didn't pip.

    Good Luck. Hope everything goes good.
     
  3. Sapphirex2

    Sapphirex2 Hatching

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    Thank you! What is a reasonable time to wait? Another 24 hours? It's been 30 hours since the first pip. Is it normal to have so few hatch? I can't figure out what I am doing wrong.
     
  4. CayleeMarie03

    CayleeMarie03 Songster

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    I don't think you are doing anything wrong, It is just some hatch early some hatch on the due date and some hatch later. 24 hours of longer waiting should be good. How long have the chicks that already hatched been in the incubator? They can only survive 48 hours after being born without food and water.
     
  5. Sapphirex2

    Sapphirex2 Hatching

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    The first one hatched at 11:00 pm last night and the remaining three since 8:00 this morning.
     
  6. Sapphirex2

    Sapphirex2 Hatching

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    Our incubator doesn't smell very good. Is that from the chicks that have hatched and the eggs that remain cracked open or does that mean that some of my chicks have died in their shells without pipping?
     
  7. CayleeMarie03

    CayleeMarie03 Songster

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    I am Not sure.
     
  8. CayleeMarie03

    CayleeMarie03 Songster

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    I hope it is just the eggs. Not Dead chicks!
     

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