*HELP* URGENT* Chick taking 24 hours to hatch!?!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by JenBirdRansom, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. JenBirdRansom

    JenBirdRansom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a chick that has taken, at this point, 24 hours to hatch. It has been moving around a lot and peeping, but it is taking SO long! I don't want to lose it because I didn't help it work its way out! At what point do you help a little?
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    It can take 24 hours from pip to hatch. I personally don't believe in helping chicks hatch.
     
  3. MamaMarcy

    MamaMarcy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup 24 hours or MORE is totally normal. It's likely still absorbing yolk.
     
  4. JenBirdRansom

    JenBirdRansom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, I'll relax. Little bugger has been looking tired, but still peeping.

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  5. tmoore8595

    tmoore8595 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is very common for it to take more than 24 hours. Problems are created when you open the incubator. This lets the humidity escape and the chick will dry out and stick to the shell. The incubator should not be opened until all the chicks that have pipped hatch. I keep my humidity between 75 and 80% during the hatch.
     
  6. JenBirdRansom

    JenBirdRansom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't get the humidity up past 65. If they are a bit dry, what can I do to loosen them up? Can I put some water in that is steamy? I really, really, really don't want these little buggers to die. They do look as though the membrane is stuck to them. Aaaacckk!! I just want to peel it off!!!
     
  7. Tylerkaz@gmail.com

    [email protected] Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine looked a lot drier by that stage, and got out a lot quicker after they started to make a tiny hole bigger. had one with part of the yoke stuck to its foot or something and it was OK.
     

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