help with hatching emus

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by milliefleur, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. milliefleur

    milliefleur Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have 4 eggs in my incubator and i have two that aren't being turned and 50th day was saturday. i figured it wasn't going to hatch so i decided to take on and open it and see what was going on inside. i opened it up and i found a baby emu and it was breathing and peeping. it was a live for about 30 seconds. first i need to say this is my first time with emus. i hatch chicken many of times. i really don't know what to do. some one said i need to help them hatch, is that true? are they like chickens and hatch by themselves? please help me!!! i have a picture of the baby emu. i hate losing a bird. i read up on them and stuff but i'm still not shore what i need to be doing. the pic is graffic, don't know if it isn't fully developed or what? like i said i need helps so i don't lose more or cause them pain or anything like that.


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  2. Raptor65

    Raptor65 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes that Emu was very premature, opening that egg wasn't the way to go.
    First thing you should do right now is set them on a hard surface and whistle or tap them, see if they wiggle in response. If they don't wiggle, simply try again later. They will hatch on their own, do not help at all, helping them out is very last resort and often does more harm than good. If you can hear the chicks chirping inside by holding the egg up to your ear, you've still got a couple days before they'll pip. My guy Gerry was chirping for 3 days before he pipped. Good rule of thumb is if they start to stink, toss em or clean em out.
    When they hatch the yolk should be fully absorbed and the navel closed.

    Good luck with your others.
     
  3. mitch324

    mitch324 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did the same thing on my first batch. I do not help them get out.
     
  4. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    it sounds like your temperature was a bit cooler than 97.5... which means they will take longer than 50 days to hatch
    eggs incubated at 95 degrees will take closer to 60 days to hatch

    the only way I recommend helping them is if you know your temperature, know for certain the due date (since it will vary with temperature)... then if there are a lot of eggs in the bator and you are concerned about carbon dioxide poisoning from lack of air flow, I would recommend drilling a SMALL hole into the air cell only.. after that the chick should hatch on it's own with no problems...

    if you are well past the due date and the chick has been peeping and is sounding weaker then it's a judgement call on your part as if you should make a larger hole to check on the chick or not


    a few things to consider:

    when you are at day 31 or so the egg should start to wiggle (give or take a few days if incubated at 97.5... cooler temps would push the wiggle date and all other dates back some)

    the egg should also want to "stay" on one or two sides only.. if you lay it on a flat smooth surface.. when tapped with a metal rod (like a metal drill bit) it should have a deep hollow sound

    if the egg will lay on whichever side you place it (at day 31) I can pretty much guarantee it's rotten.. also tap testing a rotten egg on day 31 will result in a higher pitched (non resonating) sound than a good egg tapped on the same day
    the reason for this is that the rotten egg will have caused the membrane to pull away from the shell.. which alters the "lay on one or two sides only" rule plus it will also alter the sound
    as a note: an infertile egg will have the deep hollow sound when tapped... unless it has gone rotten.. so a good egg can be confused with an infertile (non rotten egg) by tap testing.. and an infertile egg will also want to lay on one or two sides only.. the same as a good egg

    only good eggs will wiggle.. also at day 31 or so you can leave the eggs out of the bator for 3 to 5 minutes then feel both ends.. the air cell end will cool in all eggs.. however an egg containing a live chick will still be warm at one end since the chick is generating some heat.. rotten eggs and infertiles will be cooling down at both ends

    when an egg is ready to hatch (within a few days) it will also "sound" which is the higher pitch sound.. because the chick has broken through the inner membrane and it has started pulling away from the shell
     
  5. milliefleur

    milliefleur Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for all the information i will take note to all of it and use it wisely or at least try my hardest to. i really didn't want to hear that the peep was premature. that really upsets me, i have hatch a lot of chicken eggs and should have known better then that. its the say way this chickens only help at the last resort. just upsetting to lost a peep that way, well i have learned know and it won't happen that way again. i have another question my father n law and wife talked to someone who told them when that emus hatch there necks need support and you can use the inside of the toilet paper roll to go over the ouside to get them the support, is that true or is it something you can do it you have problems or does the person that told my wife and father n law feeding them a line of bull poop? again thanks for all the great help very much appreciated.
     
  6. Raptor65

    Raptor65 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, there are a lot of very knowledgeable people on this forum who have helped me and other first time Emu owners a lot, there's a lot of information to be had in the Hatchalong thread.

    Emus don't need neck support after they hatch, that's complete nonsense. The only thing you have to watch out for is a really active baby that thrashes around a lot, they may bash into something hard and hurt themselves or strain a leg if it gets caught on something. When Gerry hatched I put him in a small dog/cat bed so he'd have a soft safe place to find his balance.
    Best plan is really to just take it as it goes after they hatch, don't do anything you don't have to do and when in doubt don't be afraid to ask on the forums here.
     
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  7. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

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    something else you will need to know..
    Nutrition for the babies is a major concern... you want to make sure they get enough calcium, not too much protein.. and plenty of leafy greens
    they need the calcium for those growing bones.. but not so much protein that they will grow too fast.. plus the green are full of all kinds of vitamins and nutrients that they need

    Once yours hatch we can all fill you in on feeding...
     
  8. milliefleur

    milliefleur Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks again i will let you all know when they hatch.
     
  9. TravellerTwo

    TravellerTwo Just Hatched

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    Thank you so much for this forum. I am on my first Emu hatch and was excited to see one of my eggs hatching this morning when I went in to roll them! A week ahead. I have one other still waiting and will give it the week to hatch. I suspect it may not be fertilized, but hope I am wrong!
     

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