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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by namastemama, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. I have a chick that pipped last night around 5 pm. It is peeping, but it has gotten no further than the pip today. The membrane looks like paper and I fear its dried out because I had a humidity drop to 55% over night. Is it too early to help? I got my humidity back up to 75% and I have another chick who just pipped. [​IMG]

  2. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Songster

    Feb 4, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    I'd say wait a while yet. See how the second chick gets on...
  3. curious1969

    curious1969 Songster

    Apr 17, 2011
    Northwest Montana
    I would keep a close eye, but nothing else. I have had chicks take over 24 hours to hatch after pipping. If more time passes and still nothing you might try adding a damp cloth or paper towel to the egg for moisture. Good luck [​IMG]
  4. Chicken Chat

    Chicken Chat Songster

    Jul 19, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    I know it's hard to wait but sometimes they just take a little longer. Always seems to be the first one, like they know they are a little early and need to rest more. Or maybe it's just your nerves are on edge. They scare you to death. If you try to go in now, you can put the other one in danger by opening the lid. Sometimes they need the encouragement of the others hatching to kick it into gear, like popcorn that way. Try to sit on your hands just a little longer. I've had this happen several times and the first 2 times I got scared and wanted to save it and went in only to discover that he was way early than the others trying to get out and even though it pipped first, they still hadn't absorbed the yolk. One made it, the other didn't. I've learned that the real early ones just need more time and will usually come out when the rest start hatching. Good luck! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2011
  5. Even with with the membrane looking dry?Its also pipped on the wrong end almost twards the middle.
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2011
  6. Chicken Chat

    Chicken Chat Songster

    Jul 19, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    The top pieces of the membrane where its pipped will dry out and turn white and paperier looking and will kind of flap around when the chick breathes or moves it with its beak. Doesn't mean the rest of it is dried out inside around the chick.

    When you say wrong end, are you talking about the fat end or the pointed end? I've had them pip kind of in the middle before, depends on how much weight they lost. I usually will draw the air cell line at the last candleing when I put them in lockdown so I know where the chick should be pipped and zipping.
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2011
  7. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    If the chick is peeping strongly, don't help it yet, dry membrane or not.

    Should it come to assisting it, if it gets weaker and cannot get out, then you can start helping. But wait 24 hours.

  8. Ok I am sitting on my hands for another 6 hours or so..... [​IMG] [​IMG]
  9. The one thats been pipped almost 22 hours is sounding weaker. Should I help?[​IMG]
  10. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

    Aug 3, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    OK, if you feel like you have to help...
    I need to know.
    What kind of bator?
    How many others?
    What is the temp and humidity right now?
    What breed chicks?

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