Help, do I assist or not yet??

RookyChickMama

Chirping
5 Years
Apr 8, 2014
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Texas
New momma here, this little guy pipped last night at 10pm. He has made a hole where his beak is sticking out , but that's it, no zipping. Do I assist or wait? He's been like this for a few hours.:rolleyes:
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davemonkey

Songster
7 Years
Nov 25, 2012
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Liberty, TX
Since it's been more than 12 hours, you can probably chip away some more shell at the air-cell end and see how the membrane is looking in there. You could also just leave it be for another couple hours if you want. The main thing to is go slow with any assist. DO NOT RUSH the hatch. :)
 

RookyChickMama

Chirping
5 Years
Apr 8, 2014
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96
Texas
I might just wait for a little but longer. If i do have to assist, what should I do to keep it moist since I would have to take it out?
 

Tumbleweed Farm

Songster
11 Years
Jun 17, 2011
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Benton City, WA
New momma here, this little guy pipped last night at 10pm. He has made a hole where his beak is sticking out , but that's it, no zipping. Do I assist or wait? He's been like this for a few hours.
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Please note--zip can take way more than 12 hours--up to 24, it looks good, please leave it be--do not start chipping away you will only cause membrane to dry out and kill baby if he's not ready. My pips almost always take 12-20 hrs after pip--a lot is going on with him you can't see--vital stuff. Keep us posted!
 

davemonkey

Songster
7 Years
Nov 25, 2012
394
42
108
Liberty, TX
I might just wait for a little but longer. If i do have to assist, what should I do to keep it moist since I would have to take it out?
Set it on a wet napkin or sponge (or something) and maybe even lightly cover it with a light-weight wet napkin. I'll give a "ditto" to the above about it sometimes taking much longer. I've had chicks pop out within 6 hours of a pip, and others after 24 hours. Each chick is different.
 

RookyChickMama

Chirping
5 Years
Apr 8, 2014
115
20
96
Texas
Thanks for tge advice! I left him alone and he finally hatched on his own! First time momma got a little worried lol. I'll post a pic!
 

Boochdizzle

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 10, 2014
15
2
24
Kodiak, AK
Every time I've ever interfered with a struggling egg, it's ended up in heartbreak. I'm sure there's a right way to do it, but I just end up with dead chicks... and even though they probably were on their way out already, I feel like my meddling was responsible. In my experience, its easier to get over an egg that didn't hatch on its own than one that you screwed up by interfering with :(
 

Tumbleweed Farm

Songster
11 Years
Jun 17, 2011
1,105
58
246
Benton City, WA
Every time I've ever interfered with a struggling egg, it's ended up in heartbreak. I'm sure there's a right way to do it, but I just end up with dead chicks... and even though they probably were on their way out already, I feel like my meddling was responsible. In my experience, its easier to get over an egg that didn't hatch on its own than one that you screwed up by interfering with :(
Agreed, so very true!
 

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