HELP! Miscalaculated egg hatch date and turner still in low humidity!

Barbedwirecat

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Hatching 21 guineas and two chickens. I just went to pull the turner that I turned off this morning and I have one chick out and 3 or more pipped! Humidity is 45. Working on raising with tube and syringe. Freaking out now!!! I don't know how i messed the date up since I wrote it on the incubator!!!
 

darkbluespace

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Don't worry... sounds like they are doing alright. When they start hatching they increase humidity for the others anyway. I have heard of folks hatching at 35% humidity!?

Congrats on the new chick!!
 

Barbedwirecat

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Thanks! Another is almost out. Sheesh these are hatching much faster than last time. Problem is they are still in the auto turner!!! What should I do???
 

darkbluespace

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Since they are hatching I would just leave them in it... since it is off they can't get hurt, right? I don't have a turner so I don't know, but isn't it much like hatching upright in egg cartons?
 

Barbedwirecat

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Yes its been off since this morning. Kindof, these guys are stopped at an angle and could get their feet stuck. I guess I'll combat that if it happens. I just had 3 more pip. Too much risk if I open.

ETA: I quick switched the out of the turner because one of the chicks got its leg stuck and started knocking around the other eggs. I saturated the cartons with warm spray water and covered the eggs with paper towels soaked in warm water too as I transfered each over. Humidity is super high at 80% now, should fall as towels dry. Fingers crossed I didnt just kill a whole bunch of babies :(
 
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darkbluespace

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Yes its been off since this morning. Kindof, these guys are stopped at an angle and could get their feet stuck. I guess I'll combat that if it happens. I just had 3 more pip. Too much risk if I open.

ETA: I quick switched the out of the turner because one of the chicks got its leg stuck and started knocking around the other eggs. I saturated the cartons with warm spray water and covered the eggs with paper towels soaked in warm water too as I transfered each over. Humidity is super high at 80% now, should fall as towels dry. Fingers crossed I didnt just kill a whole bunch of babies
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How are they doing?
 

Barbedwirecat

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Perfect! It worked. I got them over quick enough and got the humidity up with the warm water soaked paper towels. All the ones that externally pipped I was freaking out about have hatched. And more are coming. 6 keets and both chicks have hatched. I had 2 chicken eggs and 20 viable keets so we'll see!

So if anyone ever accidentally miscalculates their hatch and they start to pop out in the turner---try the above. Be QUICK but gentle. WARM WATER and keep the eggs covered with the soaked towels. Spray spray spray the towels and eggs every 5-10 seconds with warm water spray bottle. I also pre-misted the egg cartons so they would be moist too.
 

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