help deciding when to assist

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by aafairchild, Mar 21, 2015.

  1. aafairchild

    aafairchild Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi

    This is only my 2nd time incubating. My 1st chick hatched at 7am so far I have 4 running a
    round. I have 2 that seem to be having a little trouble. I am concerned about shrink wrapping thepoor babies. The 4 that are out are almost dry and ready to .move, hence my concern about humidity. They have clear external pips so they are not immediate danger. I have to go back to work monday so i am thinking of assisting tomorrow evening if they are not out. These 2 did pip a bit later maybe 2 hrs. Does this sound like a reasonable time frame. That would put first 4 between 28 and 34 hrs post hatch. Too soon too late? Any advice appreciated


    Thanks
    alice
     
  2. sepaditty1

    sepaditty1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are still in a good time frame. I've seen them take almost the whole day once they pip.

    Remember, the yolk is absorbed just before they hatch. It is possible for them to go 3 days on that. That's how hatcheries are able to ship day old birds. I'm not saying you have to wait 3 days, but it won't hurt your first ones to hang out in there for a day while the others catch up.

    Some are totally against assisting. Some aren't. I have helped twice & both chicks ended up fine. It is harder than you think! I don't think you'll have to make that call in this case.
     
  3. aafairchild

    aafairchild Out Of The Brooder

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    Update 1 of them just popped her top and rolled out. The last one is still working. I can see her moving. She may very well be out by morning. Just getting ready in case she needs a bit of help.

    Thanks for advice
     
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  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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  5. aafairchild

    aafairchild Out Of The Brooder

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    final update

    She made it on her own late last night. I now have 1 egg that has shown no activity and I will end up doing an eggtopsy on it to find out what happened. 6 adorable little mutt chicks to add to the mess I already have.

    Thanks
    Alice
     

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