Is there anything I can do?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by callieisspooky, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. callieisspooky

    callieisspooky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If one of my eggs doesn't look as if the air cell is progressing enough. Would you intervene at hatching time? For example, poke a tiny air hole so chick does not run out of air? It's not lockdown time yet, so I could put the other eggs under my broody hen and continue to incubate only the one.
     
  2. hdmax

    hdmax Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why would you do that? At the very least, I'd wait until about the 24th, or 25th day before ever jumping the gun on it. Give nature a chance is my opinion!
     
  3. callieisspooky

    callieisspooky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I meant at hatching time. Not sure if I mentioned that. Just wondering if anyone has done this on an egg with a small air cell, if it seems distressed, to give the poult a better chance. Or is it too risky, with loss of humidity.
     
  4. bugglesmommy

    bugglesmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. Tabbykat4706

    Tabbykat4706 New Egg

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    I would also wait until later to help chickens mature at different rates. At least in my experience they have. I have mine at day 20 and I am nervous because they have very irregular air sacks that just happened. But don't help not yet.
     

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