Help! Third day of hatching and membranes are drying on chicks!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by pusskatkins, Oct 20, 2010.

  1. pusskatkins

    pusskatkins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My crappy incubator "little giant", brand new btw, isnt keeping the humidity at an acceptable level even with sponges.
    The membranes are drying onto the chicks and they can't break free. I have already helped two break free by gently breaking the shells open and wetting the membranes.
    More have pipped, but haven't hatched and I suspect it's because of the low humidity,
    what can I do?
     
  2. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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    I have read that you can put a damp paper towel on the eggs to help soften the membrane if it has dried out. I have never done this myself so I am hoping that someone will chime in to confirm this or with other ideas.
     
  3. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    I just keep adding papertowels soaked in warm water, its always worked in my old hovabator
     
  4. pusskatkins

    pusskatkins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks a bunch!
     
  5. shellybean40

    shellybean40 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put in a sopping wet washcloth (warm water) when mine were hatching out of my little giant. I had a 75% hatch rate, which I thought was great.
     
  6. silky ma

    silky ma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a bran new kitchen sponge ..pre rinsed fill with warm water and place in incubator off to the side away from the fan.
    Works every time!
     

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