Help with First Hatch

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by kittykat2003uk, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. kittykat2003uk

    kittykat2003uk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Jun 12, 2011
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    Hi all

    New here had chickens for years but used to have a broody hen who hatched them out.. We gave up our farm last year so are trying the incubating way.

    Right due today... 2 have broke the shell but not the membrane at 8pm its now 12:30am and nothing stll but chirping chicks inside. 2 more have just don the same

    When do i start to help them ?

    thanks
     
  2. ScissorChick

    ScissorChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2010
    Under Your bed
    Hi, and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Once they start chirping, it'll be another 24 hours or so before they start trying to pip. Don't get

    in a rush. [​IMG] Usually, I don't like to see "When do I need to help" Because it's not normal to help.

    Your not supposed to, and most chicks that are helped out of the shell die before crowing age.

    But... I am guilty of helping many shrink wrapped chicks, and only two out of about 10 that I have

    helped had the strength to live. Do not mess with your eggs, because your situation is with-out

    a doupt totally normal. Just keep the incubator closed, and watch [​IMG]
     
  3. kittykat2003uk

    kittykat2003uk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!

    I felt so guilty as about 7 days ago i was candling with a bulb and a empty toilet roll holder and managed to drop one so it had a 3mm crack in it... so not knowing what to do i put a peice of tape across the crack i felt so guilty it was the opposite bit of the air sack, i have now invested in a proper candler. But it lived and he/she was the first to pip [​IMG] i am so happy

    I have humidity at 71% so i hpe this is right as there are so many different answers i have seen.
     

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