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HELP ! Chick isn't coming out of his shell & it has been over 24 hours

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by meraucanamomma, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. meraucanamomma

    meraucanamomma Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a chick that hasn't come out of his shell. It pipped a little and then it stopped for 24 hours. I read somewhere to help it out. So my husband peeled off the top of the shell and took warm water to wet the membrane which is dry again. And he moved a little of the membrane and it started to bleed. It has been an hour and it still is breathing and tries to get out but it can't. I don't know what else to do. My husband and I are getting sick and well we just need help.. Thanks:(
     
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    wish i could help you! i know nothing! but, heres a bump! good luck![​IMG]
     
  3. moduckman

    moduckman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oooops![​IMG] Sometimes a chick will pip a little before it is ready to hatch. There are poors and cons both ways. Here's how I do it. Patience is the key. If it is just a pip I let them be. They may die in there, but it should be able to do more than make a little hole. If it is a decent size hole and the face can be seen or the area has gotten dry, then I may help it after 24 hours. If it is not ready to come out with just a little hole, wait. Opening it too soon will get the results you got... blood and not quite ready.
     
  4. shortcake1806

    shortcake1806 Sassy McSassington

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    I know this is hard to hear but it's probably not going to make it anyway. If you help it you're just prolonging the inevitable. Sorry, I hope I'm wrong.
     
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Make sure you take a wet towel or washcloth and wrap the egg up. Just be sure to leave an opening for the chick to breathe, without getting a mouthful of water.
     
  6. thndrdancr

    thndrdancr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A lot will disagree with this....

    What I have done when I had this happen, is I did the same as you to begin with.

    The rule is if you see blood STOP, ok?

    Make sure it has a little hole to breathe with, is its beak actually sticking out?

    Wait about two to three more hours, then slowly peel just a wee bit of shell back some more.

    If u see more blood, then stop right away.

    Over the course of 10 to 12 hours I have been able to get stuck chicks out of their shell this way and most of them have lived.

    If the membrane gets stuck to their bodies, undo it with just a drop of warm water at a time and be VERY careful it doesnt get near the beak so he breathes it in and drowns.

    I did accidentally drown one of mine that way, but I have also rescued about 12 that did make it and grew up strong and healthy. I have also done turkey babies this way, my humidity just must not have been enuff, as their membranes were so tuff they couldnt break thru. The majority of mine have made it fine.

    Just be oh so careful and gentle and PATIENT when peeling the shell back.
     
  7. meraucanamomma

    meraucanamomma Out Of The Brooder

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    Well I did what everyone told me. The baby was really large . It died. I tried everything.. It didn't look like the other chick.. Thanks for everyone's help !! I really appreciate the support.
     
  8. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:Oh, that's too bad. That's the #1 reason why I have decided to not help them hatch at all anymore. Most of the ones that I do help end up dying anyway. Sorry it didn't work out for you. [​IMG]
     

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