How do I know when/if to intervene with hatching?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by thegrovestead, Feb 25, 2015.

  1. thegrovestead

    thegrovestead Out Of The Brooder

    32
    2
    26
    Jan 31, 2015
    Minnesota
    This is my 1st time hatching. I have one of two eggs hatched this morning. I can hear cheeping inside the other egg but the shell hasn't been punctured yet. How long can a chick last inside the egg before running out of oxygen? Should I intervene?

    In general, how do I know if/when to help the little guys?

    Thanks
    Rory
     
  2. vehve

    vehve The Token Finn

  3. thegrovestead

    thegrovestead Out Of The Brooder

    32
    2
    26
    Jan 31, 2015
    Minnesota
  4. vehve

    vehve The Token Finn

    You're welcome. Any external pips? How long have they been peeping?
     
  5. thegrovestead

    thegrovestead Out Of The Brooder

    32
    2
    26
    Jan 31, 2015
    Minnesota
    I only heard some peeping once about an hour ago. I can't see any breaks in the shell. How long can they breath in that tiny airsack? I'm reading up on the article now.
     
  6. vehve

    vehve The Token Finn

    The shell is porous and lets air through. Don't worry, it's working as it's supposed to.
     
  7. thegrovestead

    thegrovestead Out Of The Brooder

    32
    2
    26
    Jan 31, 2015
    Minnesota
    Thats what i needed to know -- that they won't suffocate. Thanks!
     
  8. thegrovestead

    thegrovestead Out Of The Brooder

    32
    2
    26
    Jan 31, 2015
    Minnesota
    I am reading through the article above and it states: "Assist if you have an internal pip and you hear chirping and no Pip..."

    This is the case right now. Day 22, one hatched this morning about 8AM. I could hear chirping from the second egg around 11AM. No progress since, no pip. Its just after 4PM.

    I would prefer not to go through the ordeal of creating an artificial Pip, but it seems like the "Assist" article is advising that I could. Just don't want to miss a window.
     
  9. thegrovestead

    thegrovestead Out Of The Brooder

    32
    2
    26
    Jan 31, 2015
    Minnesota
    It's been ~9 hours since hearing chirping inside the egg, but still no external pip. And i haven't heard any more chirping.

    Any suggestions?

    Anxious First-Timer,
    Rory
     
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2015
  10. thegrovestead

    thegrovestead Out Of The Brooder

    32
    2
    26
    Jan 31, 2015
    Minnesota
    Did not need to assist. The second egg pipped about 20 hours later and is in the process of hatching now.

    Thanks everyone!
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by