HELP!!!!! I'm on day 20 and no pips.. what was I thinking?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by alalele, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. alalele

    alalele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's day 20 and I just read where I should have turned up HUM on...day 18????????? Was just reading the message boards and saw someone advise that.


    Now I thought it was supposed to stay same 30-35 and not under 25 UNTIL I saw a PIP??????? Please give me advice quick!

    UPDATE: I did a search and yes it's all spelled out that it's done that way...! So I'm adding water now.. should they be laying on their sides yet?

    I'll post pics soon of my new setup as of last night... and also I took pics of two quitteres.... opened the two eggs yesterday morning on day 19... .one died about day 7 I think.... the other perfect little chick didn't die until day 14 I think because it had toenails that were soft to the touch... like cartlidge.. scales on legs..... ooohh it was so cute and perfect.. it looked it's Daddy.... Black Australorpe exactly... the momma are both Ameracauna from Ideal.

    No one is answering me... [​IMG]
     
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  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    Lay them on their sides and get your humidity up to 65% or so, then DON'T touch the bator again!
     
  3. alalele

    alalele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks! I'm working on it now...
     
  4. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Get your hum up to 65% you can add a few wet sponges to do this. I swear I told you this in your orignal post [​IMG]
    maybe it was never talked about !!

    yes lay them on there side, I cant belive its been 20 days all ready


    Good luck !! [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Like kelly said dont open the bator once you get your hum up !!
     
  5. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Also wanted to add that its ok if they dont pip in till day 21, if your temp went down a little at night or at all that could delay your hatch and make them a little late !!
     
  6. alalele

    alalele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I had it WRITTEN down ( about 18 days ago) it's on a post it on the mirror..... !!! So it's not your fault... you DID tell me... the last few days I have been fumbling trying to get a new hatching bator together because I found the skilletbator doesn't hold the humidity much higher than the growing range because the pan was so shallow where I put the water.. it would only spike Hum and then it dropped and hovered in the 25 to 35 range naturally.

    So I have a new styrofoam bator..... I put them in yesterday.... and I swear I have been fighting to keep the humidity LOW in the growing range 30-35..!!! It's been an effort to keep it stable in that range.

    My brain was telling me... You will drown them in their shells!... Get the humidity down Until the PIP..... I kept thinking condensation would form inside the air cell.. I don't know why I was thinking that... maybe working on the new hatching bator had me all confused ...???? I'm sure glad I saw that post... it triggered me into action...

    So does the increased humidity soften up the lining???? I just got a new camera yesterday... have got to figure out how to get the pics off it.
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    I posted cell pics of one of my quitters... so sad... opened 2 eggs on day 19 (yesterday) ... see post 40 for pics... they are graphic... but the chick was beautiful and perfect .. probably quit on day 14
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=103462&p=4
     
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  7. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Phew.... I was thinking OMG I didnt say to up the hum !!! oppps, I understand chick hatching can be stressful the first time !!

    The point of uping the hum is so the liner (membrane) doesnt shrink wrap to the baby chick, if the hum is not up there the liner will be to dry and the chick might not be able to get out.

    You still have a good chance, dont give up yet !!! Did you get the hum up ??
     
  8. alalele

    alalele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Swtangel.... ok... 65% is the goal, correct? ... is there a range?

    It's raising... right now just at 50% so I added more water.

    I have to leave the house tomorrow and won't be able to monitor the bator humidity for about 5 hours ... leave at 9am and back home by 2pm....

    If I make sure it's around 65% throughout the night and I don't open it at all... I guess I'll feel better that it can be unattended and hold the humidity for that time period. I have to go to work... it's going to be killing me to be gone... I took off today to be home... nothing is happening...

    Day 21 officially starts around 10pm tonight. I felt like my incubation ran on the hot side a good bit... 99F to 101 even.... with several spikes up to 103..... so was preparing for an early hatch... guess that's not happening... the eggs were FULL at last candling yesterday and I saw pulsing clearly in one egg... the chicken shadow thing... and two others saw slight pulsing in vessels near the air cell. so they were alive, I feel. Today they'd be absorbing the yolk if they are on schedule...
     
  9. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    65% - 70% I try to stay right about 65% but give and take a little is fine !!

    If you cant get it high enough just adding water try adding a wet sponge or a wet sock (new)

    They will be fine alone while your at work, and yes if you get the hum up tonight and to stay up it should stay.
     

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