How to know when to help a chick out?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MakNat, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. MakNat

    MakNat Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    This is A no hatch. Due to temps and me trusting the bator's thermometer... Its going day 22. They are going to be way late, if they hatch at all.. One has pipped. It hasn't done anything but chirp its head off all night. Should I try to help it or not? I'd think it might be extra weak because of the late hatch and bad temps.

  2. mrandmrschicken

    mrandmrschicken Songster

    Sep 14, 2008
    NW IA
    It could be a late bloomer, nothing wrong with that. Usually if there has been no progress for 8 to 12 hours, it's okay to peel back the shell on the big end. Have some warm water ready to dab on the membranes. If you still see veins, leave it alone, it's not done cooking. But do soften up the membrane by dabbing on water. Also, don't keep it in the cold very long.
    Good luck!
  3. mulia24

    mulia24 Songster

    at the last incubating, i leave the eggs about 6 hours when i see a small hole and after i went back home i have 2 babies, probably 6 hours to hatch from pip, but maybe more. some people said need even 12 hours start from pipping. [​IMG]

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