Help Please!! Chicks struggling to hatch

Hybridroo

In the Brooder
5 Years
Jan 11, 2015
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0
30
Hi all,

I have had several chicks hatch already, but some appear to be struggling to get out of the shell and I don't know what to do.

Usually I see that they are making the first hole in the egg with their beak and I come back an hour later and they are stumbling around the incubator. I had 5 of them hatch this way.

Today before I left for work the last 2 chicks made their first holes in the shell. I came back 8 hours later and they are still in the shell with only the opening hole. Are they too weak to go further? Do i need to give them a hand?

Any advice is greatly appreciated!
 

AmyLynn2374

Humidity Queen
5 Years
Oct 11, 2014
15,028
2,678
456
Gouverneur, NY
Hi all,

I have had several chicks hatch already, but some appear to be struggling to get out of the shell and I don't know what to do.

Usually I see that they are making the first hole in the egg with their beak and I come back an hour later and they are stumbling around the incubator. I had 5 of them hatch this way.

Today before I left for work the last 2 chicks made their first holes in the shell. I came back 8 hours later and they are still in the shell with only the opening hole. Are they too weak to go further? Do i need to give them a hand?

Any advice is greatly appreciated!
Chicks can take up to 24 hours to zip after pip. Chances are the others had been pipped for sometime and just weren't noticeable before they zipped. My chicks average 12-18 hours between pip and zip.
 

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