Help? First time hatching

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Poppetpix, Nov 27, 2014.

  1. Poppetpix

    Poppetpix Hatching

    Nov 27, 2014
    My daughter wants to be an agricultural scientist when she grows up, and we keep backyard chickens as well. I am helping her to hatch some eggs as an educational experience. Well it has been an education all right! I hadn't done my research and made numerous mistakes. I am so angry with myself. I didn't know about lockdown so kept turning the eggs and opening the incubator. Day 21 my first baby was half way out and dead when I got up, so I panicked with the second and helped her out ( there was blood and I still did it which I now know was a big mistake). It is alive though, and doing OK at present. Four more hatched normally, but one did so the next night and drown in the water inside the incubator because it knocked the lid off. I was devastated when I found it. It is day 22 now and there are three eggs left and they haven't pipped ( I think we opened the incubator too much and disturbed the humidity). What should I do? Just wait another day? There is no movement from them and I am very worried that they too are dead. Could I save them by opening them? HELP.
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] It's all a learning process. I would let the remaining eggs stay another 24 hours.
  3. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

    Oct 11, 2014
    Gouverneur, NY
    Opening them up would not save them. They have to absorb the yolk and the membranes have to receed as part of the hatching process. You can candle and if there are no internal pips you can water candle. There is nothing you can do at this stage though to "help them hatch" if they are still alive.

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