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I just midwived my first chick NOW WHAT??? questions help!!!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by momofdrew, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. momofdrew

    momofdrew Songster

    she piped this noon time and went to check her a hour ago and she hadnt done much more and her membrain was dry so brought her in under lamp and with twezzers and scissors i delivered for the first time she is still attached to her umbical cord and shell which still has blood in it and she is resting should I keep the cord moist or let it dry out????there was so very little blood while i removed her membrain...

  2. ginbart

    ginbart Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    Did you take it all the way out of the shell? If not I would let it rest and it should dry up by it's self. It sounds like it was not ready to come out if there was still blood. Let us know what happens. [​IMG]
  3. momofdrew

    momofdrew Songster

    there was hardly any blood and I cut the cord which she was attached to the shell with... she bled a drop only...I was terrified she would bleed to death...I have put her in with the broody hen none of the other eggs have pipped so I hope she will survive
  4. ginbart

    ginbart Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    Quote:I'm glad it worked out for you. Are your hands shaking? Keep us updated.
  5. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    I'm glad the little one is doing fine. [​IMG] It's very stressful trying to help!

    In case it helps you in the future, I'm guessing she probably was not ready to come out. Chicken eggs often go about 24 hours from pipping to hatching, sometimes longer. Ducks take about 48 hours for me.

    The membrane immediately around the pipped section can look dried out, but the membrane inside with the chick--which is what matters--may still be quite moist enough.

    I generally wait at least 24 hours before even considering helping.

    Keep us updated. I'm glad she's doing fine, and hope she grows up strong and female (unless you *want* her to be a rooster, of course. [​IMG]).
  6. momofdrew

    momofdrew Songster

    Quote:I dont need a roo so I am keeping a positive attitude that it is a SHE...I checked her this morning and she is doing great all dark fuzzy cute silkie...I hope some of the others hatch today I would be disappointed if I only got one out of 10 eggs...

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