Help! What do I do?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by rancher hicks, Mar 22, 2011.

  1. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    Now as I always state nothing is written in stone on hatching.

    Today is lock down and I intended to move the eggs from the turner today, but I got home and several of the eggs are pipping. Most are my own but the others are more important since they are Alabama eggs.

    1. I've turned the turner off but do I dare open the incubator?

    2. Would it hurt to leave the turner in the incubator and let nature take it's course?

    I really need to have these chicks hatch. They are irreplacable.

    Lord have mercy.

  2. Emmalion

    Emmalion Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2011
    Western Massachusetts
    Go in the bathroom and run the shower on hot and get it really steamy in there.

    Then bring the bator in the BR to open and get the turner out. That should help with any humidity loss seeing it will take a min to get the turner out and the eggs back in.

    Good Luck
  3. emvickrey

    emvickrey ChowDown Silkie Farm

    Mar 5, 2009
    Hornbeak, Tennessee
    I have 3 incubators, I use one as a hatcher. I always remove the eggs from the incubators and put them in the hatcher. Just be careful not to drop them. I even take pipped eggs from under my broodies and bring them in and put them in the hatcher. I open the incubators to candle eggs. I just don't leave it open long. If I have alot to either candle or transfer I put the eggs I plan to ork with in a basket and close the bator. Do what I have to do and put them back or transfer the lock down ones to the hatcher. If I have alot chicks that have hatched and have more eggs still to go I even remove the chicks and put them in the brooder. I have better hatch rates this way. Just my way of doing things. Some people say not to open the bator for any reason. The chicks can get legs caught up in the turner racks and get hurt.

    I would move them asap before they hatch.
  4. anaiyuk

    anaiyuk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2011
    I agree, but also put ! TBS of hot water in the inc for a boost!
  5. SunnyD

    SunnyD Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 27, 2009
    Quote:What are Alabama eggs?
  6. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    Quote:What are Alabama eggs?

    These are eggs I got from a breeder in Alabama.

    Some of these eggs made good progress and I'm worried I' might lose them.
  7. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    I think you will be OK if you manage the humidity with the shower.

    But - is hatching in the tuner that bid of a deal? Its like hatching them in an egg carton right?

    I have a homemade so I don't have turner experience beyond my rotating board.
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Don't panic. Take them out of the turner, place them on their sides, put water in to raise humidity and close the bator and wait. [​IMG]
  9. adrian

    adrian Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    Regina, SK
    You won't hurt the little ones if you just move the eggs onto the bottom of the bator. Eggs hold temperature very well, especially when they're at this stage of development. I agree that doing it in a nice warm, steamy room would be best, though! Best of luck.
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    If you've watched a broody hen, she doesn't always do things the same way. I had a broody once get off pipped eggs to stretch her legs and those hatched just fine. She also leaves the nest daily, sometimes for up to an hour, and the eggs cool off and lose humidity, but they still hatch.

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