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IM 2 HOURS IN TO 22 AND I HAVE NO CHICS. PLEASE HELP!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by skyskystecker, Dec 22, 2015.

  1. skyskystecker

    skyskystecker New Egg

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    ok so on set sate I put my 12 chicks in the incubator around 8:00pm. it is now 10:00pm on dAy 22. I don't have any chicks and im getting really worried. I have one pip and there used to be a little beak the would poke out every once in a while put it like stopped trying to get out of the shell. its chirping so that way I know its alive but it stopped moving and trying to get out. besides that, none of my other 11 chicks have even made a peep. when I candled them before lockdown, I couldn't really see into them so I couldn't tell what was going on inside. but I wasn't able to see into the one that pipped so I guess that's a better sign. also there is not a lot of warm water left in the troughs. can I open the lid for like 3 seconds and pour water in? please help im so scared. I would die if I killed baby chickens
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  2. Ameraucanas

    Ameraucanas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no clue. It sounds like you are doing the best that you can, though.
     
  3. Oakgrove99

    Oakgrove99 Out Of The Brooder

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    Have you had any more progress on your hatching eggs?
     
  4. JetCat

    JetCat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if your temp was low throughout the incubation chicks can run late, patience is well tested when incubating. sometimes it takes a while for them to zip after pipping, they sleep and rest (it's hard work).
     
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    Hholly Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. skyskystecker

    skyskystecker New Egg

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    the one that pipped started to zip thank god. and one of the eggs is moving and chirping and it might have pipped but I cant see if it is on the side
     
  7. skyskystecker

    skyskystecker New Egg

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    .so I could open it during lock down? and I don't have a humidity measurer thing so I don't know. would fogging up the windows be too much?
     
  8. JetCat

    JetCat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    when your first chick opens up you'll get a spike in humidity and yes fogging of the looking glass is a sign of excessive humidity, some people will open and wipe it off, i don't and i have mid to upper 90% hatch rates.
     
  9. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, you can open up the incubator during lockdown. A broody hen will still get up off the nest to eat, drink, and poo even if there are pipped chicks. Opening up an incubator to add moisture will not kill them.
    It can take over 24 hours for chicks to hatch after that first pip. It's a lot of hard work getting through that shell. They need to rest, the blood vessels need to recede, and the yolk needs to absorb. All of that takes time. Chicks can live off their yolk for up to 3 days after hatching, and if they've pipped, they've got air to breathe. There is no rush to get them out.
     
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  10. skyskystecker

    skyskystecker New Egg

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    ok thanks. I don't know its just the chick has been trying to get out for over 24 hours around 30 ish and I really want it to come out> it was struggling trying to zip on the bottom so I turned it over. I hope that's ok??? IM SO WORRIED AND SCARED
     

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