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Incubator question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by cajunchickens, Feb 23, 2015.

  1. cajunchickens

    cajunchickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone! This is my first experience with incubating and we are on Day 23. Just got my first pip from one egg, but everyone else has been pretty quiet. When I checked the eggs I picked one up that had actually pipped underneath and I turned him over so that maybe he would have an easier time. He's pecking away as I type. My question is whether or not it will harm him that I flipped him over. Thanks!
     
  2. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Probably not. Just keep in mind that opening the bator during hatch, while a chick has pipped CAN (doesn't mean it certainly will) cause a chick to become shrink wrapped by the membrane. So every time you open the bator you theoretically increase that possibility. Good luck!
     
  3. cajunchickens

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    Thanks! I thought I had lost the others, but I will just let them go for a couple more days. Fingers crossed I didn't mess anything up.
     
  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

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    Your late hatch most likely indicates that your thermometer(s) are reading low.
     
  5. cajunchickens

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    Thanks for the advice! My thermometer has been pretty consistent throughout, but I know that can be tricky when it comes to the LG ones. Thinking I need to get a better brand.
     
  6. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens

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    I use a digital child's fever thermometer and insert the tip into one of the vent holes. It will probably read a bit lower than the real temp at egg level, but if it's reading 97 or something, that's your issue.
     
  7. Auroradream26

    Auroradream26 Smothered in Feathers Premium Member

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    Speaking of which, I finally picked one up today. works great :) and no I didn't follow you here lol. Just happened that way.
     
  8. cajunchickens

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    Temps are still doing good. Both chicks have beaks peeking through the outer shell and are chirping. I'm hoping for some baby chicks soon!
     
  9. AmyLynn2374

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  10. cajunchickens

    cajunchickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Woke up this morning to lots of chirping but no one hatched yet. A third egg pipped during the night. The first one looks like he's trying to break through the bottom now and the second one still only has a small hole with his beak poking through. Everyone is chirping and moving so I'm hoping things keep going well.
     

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