Help! Egg is crumbling away and chick isn't ready!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by farlo4, Apr 23, 2016.

  1. RubyNala97

    RubyNala97 Overrun With Chickens

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    Temps should stay below 102, max. I would say 90-100 in this circumstance, should be fine.
     
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  2. farlo4

    farlo4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's peeping. Haha so cute
     
  3. RubyNala97

    RubyNala97 Overrun With Chickens

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    Good! So it's doing ok. I would think with the shell being crushed that it would not be able to hatch under the mom.
     
  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    I agree Ruby, it's not ready yet. A bit longer and it should be.

    Keeping it moist is going to be the main thing now @farlo4

    How did the egg becone cracked in the first place? Did the hen do it?
     
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  5. farlo4

    farlo4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We arent sure what happened to it. How do I keep it moist enough? Right now it's wrapped in a damp towel
     
  6. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    A THIN coat of bacitracin/vaseline or neosporin (without pain relief) will keep it moist or canola/coconut oil. I prefer neosporin or vaseline myself. Ruby gave you some excellent advice!
     
  7. Yorkshire Coop

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    That's fine, kitchen towel is best if you have some. It's all you can do right now, it needs finish absorbing the blood and yolk etc before it hatches. With all the shell that has gone it may just hatch on its own. I will just find you an assisted hatch article for you to read while your waiting :D
     
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  8. RubyNala97

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    You can put a bowl or cup of warm/hot water in the box (just make sure to take it out when the chick hatches, they can drown easily). That will increase your humidity. And just make sure the damp washcloth stays warm so it doesn't chill the chick. If that inner membrane dries out, it will get tough and hard, which the chick won't be able to get out of it. So you want the environment to be humid, and if the inner membrane starts looking like its drying out and getting hard you can put something on it with a q-tip like I was saying earlier. I like to use plain bacitracin because it keeps the inner membrane pliable.
     
  9. farlo4

    farlo4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks guys. I think I have some vaseline. I put some water in there too
     
  10. RubyNala97

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    You're doing great!!
     

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