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

skyskystecker

Hatching
Dec 22, 2015
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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
Thanks
 

JetCat

Songster
Oct 26, 2015
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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).
 

skyskystecker

Hatching
Dec 22, 2015
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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
 

skyskystecker

Hatching
Dec 22, 2015
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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?
 

JetCat

Songster
Oct 26, 2015
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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.
 

junebuggena

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Apr 17, 2015
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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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skyskystecker

Hatching
Dec 22, 2015
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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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