Is there anything I can do?

callieisspooky

Songster
7 Years
Jul 18, 2012
166
5
101
Carmel Valley, CA
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.
 

hdmax

Songster
8 Years
Jul 29, 2013
143
16
124
Central Ohio
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.
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!
 

callieisspooky

Songster
7 Years
Jul 18, 2012
166
5
101
Carmel Valley, CA
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.
 

Tabbykat4706

Hatching
6 Years
Sep 2, 2013
4
0
9
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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