humidity

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by toddog, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. toddog

    toddog Out Of The Brooder

    33
    0
    32
    Mar 10, 2011
    hi can any one tell me what will happen to eggs if the humidity drops down and the eggs are peeping thank you :
     
  2. AK Michelle

    AK Michelle Bad Girl of the North

    Mar 17, 2009
    Palmer, Alaska
    Depends on how far it drops down. If it gets too low, once they break the shell the membrane will dry causing it to shrink and toughen, aka "shrinkwrap" the chick making it nearly impossible for them to finish hatching without assistance.

    What is the humidity in your incubator and have the eggs pipped or are they just starting to peep?
     
  3. toddog

    toddog Out Of The Brooder

    33
    0
    32
    Mar 10, 2011
    thats exactly what they look like that they have dryed out , some one opened it and yes i can see them threw the holes in the shells shall i help them ?
     
  4. Inkheart

    Inkheart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 15, 2010
    Columbus Ohio
    You basically have to tale a Qtip and apply moisture to the membrane to soften it back - once they are shrink wrapped it is nearly impossible for them to make it out - get that bator more humid
     
  5. toddog

    toddog Out Of The Brooder

    33
    0
    32
    Mar 10, 2011
    iv got it up 75 . i have just takn 1 out and very care fully got it out its very lively and very wet looking is it just the membrain that drys out sorry to keep asking things
     
  6. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

    4,376
    12
    231
    Nov 26, 2008
    Neenah, WI
    nothing, don't touch them hands off, my pan has gone dry while pipping, I added some warm water to the pan quickly, all hatched, they don't need to be sprayed or helped unless you see a piece of membrane stuck, if you do, pull the egg out lift the stuck piece, replace egg, don't remove chick from shell, you can do more harm than good.

    a so called 'shrink wrapped' chick might not be meant to hatch, it happens
     
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2011
  7. toddog

    toddog Out Of The Brooder

    33
    0
    32
    Mar 10, 2011
    ok i will leave the rest alone and what wil be will be thanks every one
     
  8. AK Michelle

    AK Michelle Bad Girl of the North

    Mar 17, 2009
    Palmer, Alaska
    Keep an eye on them, only you can judge whether they need help or not. If your humidity is back up you could be just fine, if any seem to not be making progress, add some water. I use my finger to drip droplets of water down between the shell and the membrane. Occassionally I have had to help tear the membrane where it has gotten dry and tough. But most of the time, simply getting the humidity back up has been sufficient to let the rest do their thing.

    Good luck, let us know how it goes.
     
  9. toddog

    toddog Out Of The Brooder

    33
    0
    32
    Mar 10, 2011
    he opened the eggs today they are all dead fully grown ?????????????????????????????????
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by