Help out of the egg...?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by BAMA, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. BAMA

    BAMA Out Of The Brooder

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    When is it ok to help them out of the shell? I have one that has pecked a small hole but seems to be slow in getting out. How long should I wait?
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I usually wait at least 18 hours. If the humidity is good and it doesn't look dried out, I leave it alone. If not I pull it out, use some warm water to dab the membrane so I can see if there are veins as I gradually pull shell away, bit by bit.... I usually follow the 'zip' line... where the chick would normally zip. If I encounter blood, I stop and put it back in the bator with the warm wet paper towel around it, leaving a spot open around the beak..
     
  3. BAMA

    BAMA Out Of The Brooder

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    It's pecking away but not making much progress.
     

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