HELP!! - Should I help this chick out?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mspj, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. mspj

    mspj Out Of The Brooder

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    I am on day 21 of incubation, the first egg pipped yesterday morning at 8 am. I have had 2 complete by themselves, the first one is still alive, it pipped close to the small end away from the air cell, I thought maybe it had drowned (it has been well over 24 hours from pipping). I am now seeing movement at the very small pip, the little things keeps sticking its beak out!

    Should I help or should I wait longer? Help!!
     
  2. Catfish267

    Catfish267 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    paitence.....
     
  3. wolfandfinch

    wolfandfinch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wait, I'm glad I did. They can take quite a while from pip to zip. One of mine took 30 hours. The other hatched three hours after pipping! Another I did help, you can see why on my other page.
     
  4. mspj

    mspj Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the responses, I will wait!
     
  5. LTygress

    LTygress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As long as he is still moving this much later, despite pipping on the wrong end, he should be okay.

    If/when he starts to chirp A LOT, then he's ready to zip. If you hear that for a while but don't see any new cracks in the shell, then you can help. A zipping chick almost never shuts up! In the past year, I think I've only had two that hatched quietly, and I have been incubating CONSTANTLY.
     
  6. mspj

    mspj Out Of The Brooder

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    He's out! and I didn't have to help. Resting between sessions of trying to stand, these things are just so darn cute!!!!
    And my grandkids got to watch, an experience they will never forget.
     

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