Incubating & Hatching Eggs Important Topic Index - Please Review

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by silkiechicken, Apr 24, 2008.

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  1. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    How to care for hatching eggs

    To intervene or not to intervene

    If intervention is necessary as a last resort

    Egg Candling Pics: Progression Though Incubation

    Exotic Pet has a good reference to the draw down as how it is affected by interference: Assisting the hatch is a difficult decision, and in this author's experience, many aviculturists will do more harm than good by assisting the hatch. Normally the chick will hatch 24-48 hours after drawdown has occurred. ****By making a hole in the egg shell over the air cell, the carbon dioxide level will drop, actually slowing the hatch. ********* Making a pin-hole or opening the air cell end of the egg should only be done if the vocalization level of the hatching chick is decreasing or other signs indicating that the chick is in trouble are evident (for example, if the chick does not pip into the air cell).

    Incubator Recall
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    hinkjc Crowing

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