I think we screwed up

jkraiderfan

In the Brooder
12 Years
May 12, 2007
43
0
32
sebastopol
we had one pipping for about 24 hrs and decided to help it out did we make a mistake? it was bloody and now doesn't seem to well. it's still curled up but its breathing. dam I should have just waited, we feel horrible.
 

Shannon's Chix

Songster
10 Years
Apr 30, 2009
855
4
141
N.E. Florida
Don't feel bad, many people would have done the same thing after 24 hours. I helped one out that was pretty bloody and it looked horrible! I didn't think it would make it, it was very weak and couldn't walk for 2 days. Now he's absolutely fine. If yours is not don't blame yourself, like I said, many would do the same...
 

jkraiderfan

In the Brooder
12 Years
May 12, 2007
43
0
32
sebastopol
thanks it is kicking and peeping, so you gave us some hope we still feel bad.we always bought our peeps from the feed store. its our first time hatching.....can you tell?
 

pgpoultry

Songster
10 Years
Oct 16, 2009
2,290
37
191
Wales
We all have to start somewhere and the hatching process is really scary!

Good Luck,

Sandie
 

jkraiderfan

In the Brooder
12 Years
May 12, 2007
43
0
32
sebastopol
thanks for the positive thoughts. everyone seems to be fine now its been three full days they are all peeping eating and drinking water.(my cats are in heaven staring at them).
we learned our lesson as far as helping them out of the egg. I had two hens die in the past 18 months(very traumatic). I didn't want to feel responsible for a peep. Thanks again
 

sneakychicken

Chirping
9 Years
Jun 17, 2010
29
12
87
VA
We incubated 2 batches a month ago and there were times I had to help. If it was over 24 hrs, say pushing 30, and the membrane looked dry, I'd just put a drop of water on my clean finger and touch right above where they were trying to break through. I'd also get the humidity WAY up by putting an extra lid (from a jar of something like pickles so it was shallow) in the incubator. It seemed to help.

I'm glad it looks like things are smoothing out. Just incase this happens to you at some point--one of ours got pecked and was bleeding from it's rump so we just dabbed some Neosporin on it and she was fine, thankfully. Scary to see blood after she came out looking ok.
 

dieselgrl48

Songster
9 Years
Feb 21, 2010
1,076
4
149
Virginia
Hopefully it will make it.One thing to keep in mind if you ever do help a chick out if there is any blood if you pick shell off the chick is not ready.I have helped out many duckling's and chicks but only after a bit of failure's.I know it's hard waiting on them and sometime's intervention will save them.Usualy if they get through the first couple day's they will do fine.
 

SeaHen

Songster
11 Years
Mar 14, 2009
306
81
211
Springfield, OR
This was our first time incubating too, and we had to help all but one of ours out of the shells. We lost a duckling and 4 chicks due to humidity problems and not intervening quickly enough. The decision to assist is a judgment call, and we do the best we can with the information we have, so don't beat yourself up. Glad to hear your babies are doing well.
 

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