help help help!!!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by startrek4d, Jun 20, 2010.

  1. startrek4d

    startrek4d Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my chick started pipping 10 hours ago.
    i have helped it along a bit but havent messed with it too much.
    it has stopped trying to get out about 5 hours ago. it is still breathing but im worried.And the membrane has started to dry out around the pipping site.
    is it to a point now that i can get it out myself? because it seems like this chick has given up on itself.
    please reply asap:)
     
  2. slickchik

    slickchik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can take 24 hours from pip to hatch. You have to be patient. I learned that the hard way.

    ETA: Watch it and do nothing until 8-10 more hours have passed.
     
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  3. sonjab314

    sonjab314 Constant State of Confusion

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    If the membranes are drying out, I'd use some hot water and get them wet again, maybe wrap the egg in a hot damp paper towel.
     
  4. SarahIrl

    SarahIrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dampen the egg, shut the bator lid and walk away. You will do more harm by tring to help it than not. It is busy inside the egg, you can't rush it.
     
  5. startrek4d

    startrek4d Chillin' With My Peeps

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    our chick died:( could this have been caused by the chick getting to cold when we took it out of the incubator to help it along in getting it out of the shell?
     
  6. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Yes, that could be.
    It could also be that it was not going to make it anyway. Just opening the incubator decreases the humidity, and that causes the membrane to dry out. There are a number of things it could be. Really though, it can take 24 hours (or more) from pip to hatch. It is best to leave them alone.

    Sorry for your loss.
     

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