Help! Hatching Emergency! (Sunday 6/4)

MelissaPam

In the Brooder
Feb 4, 2017
9
0
10
Boston, MA
Hey Foks,

We started hatching our replacement clutch of Serama eggs shipped half-way accross the country. The first batch, shipped in freezing temps in January did not develop except for 2 which both died at late stage development. This clutch, 5 developed and looked ok, but no movement at lockdown. No pips or any movement at day 23 I assumed all were dead since we heard or saw no movement. When I got a low temp alarm this morning I turned off the incubator, now 6 hrs later we finally got around to an autopsy and the first chick was alive! It was cold, gasping, and still had a lot of yolk to absorb. I'm afraid I wasn't very careful in opening the egg and cut a vessel attached to the shell. But we popped him and the other 4 eggs back in the incubator. Temp is set to 37.5 C and humidity has been about 66 at lockdown, 48-50 otherwise with some variability. The incubator is taking a while to rewarm.

What do we do next?! Do the eggs have any hope of survival, the little chick, who otherwise looked fully developed? Anything I should do for him? The others. We feel terrible. Your knowledgeable advice appreciated!
 

MelissaPam

In the Brooder
Feb 4, 2017
9
0
10
Boston, MA
Update, the "premature" baby is dead. Forgive me for posting this gruesome picture but it could give you some information. I can take it down
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bobbi-j

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Sorry about your chick. With such slow development, I'm thinking your temperature during incubation was low. Even a couple of degrees can make a huge difference.
 

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