Help.. chick is still in egg.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mockingbird girl, Mar 21, 2008.

  1. mockingbird girl

    mockingbird girl Out Of The Brooder

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    The chick was due today and he's been cheeping away nonstop all day and its now 10:47 and still nothing, not even a pip but I hear him/her in there pecking, but theres more cheeping going on than anything else.

    Should I do anything? Or do I leave him/her be.. if I leave him/her be for too long will they die?

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  2. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Read the Intervention sticky...it will help you decide what is best for this situation.

    Sorry I wasn't more help...

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  3. mockingbird girl

    mockingbird girl Out Of The Brooder

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    I know.. I read it earlier when I was getting a bit worried.. but I'm so worried that I'll screw it up and kill the chick if i DO intervene.. /sigh.

    Thank you though..
     
  4. fallenweeble

    fallenweeble Chillin' With My Peeps

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    can you candle the egg to see if the chick has broken through into the air cell? if so that air will run out eventually and you may want to consider "pipping" the egg so that it can breathe. i had a chick die during my last hatch because it pipped into the air cell but never pipped through the egg shell. it was a very active, verbal chick and i was surprised when it didn't hatch.
    i hope that your chickie hatches healthy and happy and soon!
     
  5. mockingbird girl

    mockingbird girl Out Of The Brooder

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    I pipped the egg at the top of the air cell (I have dark brown eggs so they are hard to candle..).. no beak or anything... so I kept zipping and that chick is all crammed in there and isn't anywhere near the air cell-- it was halfway down the egg. Its beak is out now and he's breathing and chirping away-- but I left the rest of the membrane around him-- he had pecked holes through the membrane so he WAS trying to get out-- but was unsuccessful.

    Hopefully I did the right thing by helping him out... I guess I'll find out when my husband gets up at 4:30am.. I'll have him wake me up as well.

    I hope he's alright.. I'm curious to see my first Giant Cochin baby that I hatched myself. [​IMG]


    (The reason I was getting worried is that its been 22 days, and going on 23 days.. a bunch of chirping and no progress either)
     
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  6. mockingbird girl

    mockingbird girl Out Of The Brooder

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    I ended up intervening at a little after midnight last night.. it was going on day 23--- I started slowly, lost my nerve a few times but shortly into working on the chick I noticed his beak was not near the top--- he was down in the middle by the time I found his beak. The membrane was very white and papery...I think the chick was just totally exhausted at this point. I gave him a few hours to try and get out, but when he made absolutely no progress I ended up having to remove the rest of the shell and the membranes--- he had a little string attached so I left it alone with part of the membrane.

    I felt I had done a no-no because after all of that work on my behalf -- FIVE in the morning-- all he did was lay down and didn't move. So I dried him a little bit, I didn't want to disturb him too much and when I got up at 9am I was nervous that he'd be dead, but nope! Totally alive and chirping.. as soon as he laid eyes on me he went nuts.. so I took him out and put him in his new home-- lol.. my downstairs bathtub, where I raised my first batch of chicks. He's all alone until later today or maybe tomorrow.. I hope I don't have to ever intervene again, it was so nerve wracking!!

    Anyways here are some pics! I believe he's a Blue Cochin.. maybe a Black, but leaning toward blue as he/she is so silvery in color.

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  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Nice job. Cute chick.

    It is always hard to know when to help and when to just leave it alone. It makes my hands shake!
     
  8. Joy1

    Joy1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lovely chick:)
     
  9. orlandoluv1

    orlandoluv1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    awww hes a cutie!
     
  10. mockingbird girl

    mockingbird girl Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! He/she is a very feisty little thing.. must think I'm his mama because he chirps like crazy when I leave the room and when I come in he's trying to jump up the bathtub wall (impossible).. if I stick my hand in there he climbs right in. Its so cute.. but now I feel bad because my next hatch isn't for a few days yet and he was the only one to survive his hatch.

    I called several local farms and no one has any baby chicks.. so I guess he's on his own for now.
     

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