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is my chick dying should i help it

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bantamweight21, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. bantamweight21

    bantamweight21 Out Of The Brooder

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    Its day 20 and my chick is being incubated by its mother. I heard the chick chirping 4 hours ago now its quiet. I can see the chick as if its gasping for air when i candle the egg. There is no pips. What should i do?
     
  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    21 days is "normal" but I'm reading that it can take a little longer sometimes.
     
  3. sumi

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    Did she pip into the air sac? They do that so they can breathe and then they pip through the shell so they can get fresh air. From internal pip to external pip can take up to 4 hours and the whole hatching process can take up to 24 hours or more. Leave her a bit and see if she makes progress. If she doesn't and it's obvious she needs a little help you can help by making a small hole in the fat end of the egg, in the air sac space for her. When you candle mark the line of the air sac with a pencil so you know where it is. Also have look at this article about assisted hatch for more info on the hatching process and how and when to assist:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/step-by-step-guide-to-assisted-hatching

    But keep in mind she's a day early and she will need time to get everything in place and absorbed before she can come out. So don't rush her, O.K? Good luck!
     
  4. bantamweight21

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    I will post a pic to let you think how its going
     
  5. bantamweight21

    bantamweight21 Out Of The Brooder

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    I knew it. The chick busted the air sac and suffercated
     
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    What do you mean? Did it pip into the air sac and then died?
     
  7. TweetyNPetey

    TweetyNPetey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aww... [​IMG]I am the kind of person who gets attached to any animal, even if I have never seen it!! LOL
     
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  8. bantamweight21

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    Yes it never piped in time. If i would of new it needed help i would have put a hole in the egg. But wasnt sure if i needed to help it or not
     
  9. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    [​IMG] There was probably something wrong with the chick. It happens sometimes and helping it doesn't make a difference. Does the hen have other eggs to hatch still?
     

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