Humidy low, so I helped it hatch *pics* last one is a little graphic

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by FisherMOM, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    My friend ran his incubator and let me add some eggs.
    We added 8 and 4 hatched. He had to help #3 out because the
    egg had dropped on day 19 and cracked. This caused the
    membrane to dry out. So on day 20, he moistened the membrane
    and proceeded to delicately peel the shell off of my chick.
    Thanks to him, I have ,what looks to be, a bantam cochin/mix.
    Might be D'uccle/mix, but I'm not sure.


    Day 21, while he was at work, I went to check in the bator and
    noticed some pippers and zippers and made note as to how far
    along they were at if they looked dry. I left and returned 2 hours
    later, and in that time, a D'uccle egg had zipped and hatched, but
    the egg of his had not changed and looked dry. I could see the
    baby trying, but it was struggling. I called my friend and he asked
    me if I'd try to help it out using warm water and a paper towel. [​IMG]
    I was thrilled at the idea. I have never seen a chick hatch let alone help one.

    It was a good call, as the membrane was stuck to the chick in a way that it could not muscle it's way out.

    I did not use a flash here....

    "Hi baby!" It peeped back at me and had a nice strong voice!



    It sure is amazing how they fit in that egg!!!

    Here it is out. I was afraid it was deformed because it looked so
    weird. But I called mark and he said they do look horrible just out
    of the shell.. and he was right! I put it back in the incubator on a
    warm, damp paper towel. The yolk sac was gone a few hours later
    and it was walking around. I didn't even THINK to take a picture
    next time I went down to visit. But it was getting along
    wonderfully. AND..I had to help a second one out as well.
    With the second one, I left it in the bottom part of the shell.
    Both chicks lived as far as I know.

    Last edited: Apr 30, 2009
  2. jacyjones

    jacyjones Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2008
    Aberystwyth, Wales
    brilliant pics and well done!
  3. addicted2chicks

    addicted2chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2009
    Wow, how exciting. I would of been worried too to see a chick lay there like that after hatching.
  4. babylady4

    babylady4 Mother Goose

    Mar 30, 2009
    Central WI
    Gotta say, very cute! [​IMG]

    And, love your nails!! [​IMG]
  5. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Congrats. on your chicks. I agree it is amazing how something can fit in an egg. Well done. [​IMG]
  6. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    Quote:I was very worried. I have never seen a newly hatched chick. But.. this is how they look I guess, because dried, they looked normal! [​IMG]


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