How long after they pip through air sac to hatch?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by arockkid, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. arockkid

    arockkid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It was pipped through by 7am, and I don't hear anything or see any movement...how long before it's a lost cause, and is it ever EVER worthwhile to intervene?
     
  2. chooksandeggs-Aus

    chooksandeggs-Aus Out Of The Brooder

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    I am no expert but this is what experience has taught me:
    The chick should hatch within 24 hours from pipping but it varies enormously.
    If the chick's beak is visible and the chick is making noise but no progress I use the back of a knife and (gently but firmly) crack the egg all the way round starting at the pip. A lot of indignant noise from the chick is a good sign at this point.
    A spray with warm (38 C) water helps stop the membrane from drying out.
    If the chick still makes noise but no progress an hour or so later I intervene fully and take it from the egg.
    Intervention is a judgement call.
    You won't always get it right but when you do you've saved a life.
    If you are going to intervene do it sooner rather than later.
    If the chick is trapped for too long you will lose it.
    I hope this is of some help.
    Rob.
     
  3. arockkid

    arockkid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did it...peeled away slowly, and inside was a perfectly formed chick, ready to hatch, but didn't make it. So...2 healthy babies. Still, pretty bummed out.
     

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