I messed up- assisting hatch

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by clucknpeck, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. clucknpeck

    clucknpeck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today was hatch day for my first ever silkies. This morning humidity was good, but I got home from a 10 hour day and humidity was at 24%. One chick pipped, and the membrane was white as could be. I was not going to assist but the egg was movin like crazy and the chick non stop peeping.
    So I broke away some of the shell, all white membrane. The area where the chick pipped was thin but the membrane was not broken so I thought I should tare the membrane a little. I did this and immediately there was blood. I blotted it with a wet rag and put it back in the bator.
    The chick is still peeping.
    Will it die? Should I do anything else?

    Also, in a panic to raise the humidity I got the hole paper towel the eggs are on wet. It worked but temp went down. :( I'm really screwing this up.
     
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  2. coldupnorth

    coldupnorth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it was bleeding it was good to put it back into the incubator and hopefully when you blotted the blood it stopped bleeding. It needs more time to absorb everything. That may take through the night. [​IMG] for you chickie!
     
  3. SilkieSensation

    SilkieSensation Overrun With Chickens

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    X2. Just relax & monitor humidity. That's more important than temp right now. Temps can actually be lowered to about 98-99 for lockdown & have everything be fine. Just give the little baby some time & see what it does on it's own for now.
     
  4. clucknpeck

    clucknpeck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much for responding. The bleeding hasn't gotten worse so hopefully that's a good sign. This is definelty a lesson to let things be. I was so just worried the chick was going to suffocate because of shrink wrapping.
    The chick is going nuts still, shaking the egg and peeping like crazy, though I haven't even seen a beak.
    One other egg has pipped, different breed, and is peeping non stop as well. I've never had pipped eggs peep this much.
     
  5. SilkieSensation

    SilkieSensation Overrun With Chickens

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    They get pretty noisy sometimes. Noise is good. It means they are strong & breathing. Don't worry until they get quiet (just like kids, something wrong if they are being quiet)
     
  6. ducksarecool12

    ducksarecool12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How strange?! It was my first time hatching silkies and I assisted one hatch! I looked on the forum and it say when the membrane is tan, white is good!! Anyways, my chick pipped and then never started zipping but it peeped sooo much! I decided to assist it hatch so I CAREFULLY CHIPPED AWAY THE SHELL ABOVE THE AIRCELL, I did poke it and had a little blood but it was fine. So with the top of the egg gone i could see the inner membrane. If you see blood vessels then the chick is not ready to hatch! About every hour I dampened the chicks membrane with a paper towel. A few hours ago I went to check on the chick and it was popped out! Yes!!! I thought I was going to have to assist it further but it popped on its own. It's now in the brooder and seems fine! :) hoping yours is fine to!
     
  7. daze333

    daze333 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When my chicks' membranes get dried out I take a tiny bit of olive oil on my finger and dampen their membrane that is exposed. This will keep it flexible and it wont get so stuck to them. If you run into bleeding again, put a little bit of flour on it and hold it for a second like a cut on you. These things should help. Also keep the humidity up high. You can add wet cloths if you need to.
    Good luck! They are tough babies!
     
  8. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Isorry i posted this on the wrong thread...
     
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  9. SilkieSensation

    SilkieSensation Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG]
     
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  10. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    I never put the guarantee thing :( i did for years and never had any issues so gradually I just stopped ( got complacent?) putting in my ads...When I sell eggs again it will get put in for sure...
     

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