HELP??

TherryChicken

Crowing
7 Years
Sep 16, 2012
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del valle, tx
Ok so I have chicks hatching, i hear them and there are pips, however.... 1 pipped last night around 6pm and it's now 6am.. The only progress was removing the bit of shell from the pip, that was it.. Another one pipped not too long after and it hasn't made any progress. Do I need to help them or are they still ok and i'm worrying for nothing?
 

TherryChicken

Crowing
7 Years
Sep 16, 2012
5,380
194
253
del valle, tx
Ok no improvement from the first chick, but there is improvement with the second. Does the first need help? How long should I wait to try and help it if it comes down to it? Pipped around 6pm and it is now 11am
 

tadpole98

Songster
7 Years
Mar 20, 2012
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Missouri
is it still alive?
I would help it out. Take it out of the incubator and place it on a warm, very very very slightly damp towel. and kinda pick away at the shell. Only a little, and put it back in. See if that helps :)
 

kizanne

Songster
8 Years
Mar 28, 2011
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Tallahassee, FL
Yes When I help I get my kitchen sink water as hot as I can get it wet a wash cloth then squeeze out the extra. If you can pick away the shell not the membrane, making sure that the water doesn't go in the area where the beak is. By tipping the egg where the beak is at the top helps here. If no blood on out membrane I then remove the egg shell and outer membrane from the air pocket, moisten the inner membrane with warm water. I will repeat the moisten for several hours. The inner membrane also has veins that the chick has to absorb the blood from. If you see red in the veins she just isn't ready. If all the blood is gone and she isn't hatching chances are the membrane has dried out and she is stuck which moistening will help alot. hatched one sunday I had to moisten the membrane for 8 hours. She externally pipped really early 24 hours she was still in. I did as above but she still had lots of veins full of blood so I was patient and just kept the membrane moist. she hatched herself about 12 more hours later. She was healthy. If I remove the shell from the air pocket, I also use the wash cloth to keep the egg from rolling around and keep the opening oriented at about a 45 degree angle with the chicks beak at the top.

PLEASE remember when you open the bator you put your other eggs at risk for being shrink wrapped if they have externally pipped.
 

littledon

In the Brooder
7 Years
Nov 2, 2012
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0
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NorthEast Mississippi
Shrink wrapped, oh my, I think that is what happened to one of mine. First time hatching eggs. The first one to peep still hadden't come out after eight hours and the second one peeped long after the first and came on out. So i took the first one who came out of the shell and put it in the brood box and helped the other one out a little. I waited an hour or so more and then helped it all the way out. The membrane stuck to the chick and i gently washed it as best I could. I went home at lunch and the feathers were all still stuck down like a layer of glue. I also opened the incubator to get the second one out and the third had already opened a hole so i guess i just make things rough for that one t:hmmpps :(
 

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