lockdown help please! urgent!

MommaBugg

Chirping
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Mar 19, 2011
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Lock down was the 22nd and nothing until last night when we finally started seeing two eggs rocking and wiggling, but just barely noticable. How long should I wait before I try to help them if at all? If theyre rocking the eggs does that mean theyre ready to hatch or do they start wiggling before? They may be a little behind because of temp drops and spikes due to this incubator I am using (Little Giant still air)

Also if theyre big enough to wiggle should I be able to hear them chirping??

OK! This morning I heard MAJOR chirping but saw no one pipped, so I sat down to wait, just as I sat down I heard a piece of shell hit the bottom of the bator! I looked in to see........ One of the last eggs I expected to pip, had pipped! It was an EE egg, so it had always been too dark to candle! It had a question mark on it! It was with the other eggs on the far side of the bator that werent making progress (so I thought) so I quickly pulled her over to the center of the bator to keep an eye on her.

She progressed rather quickly, had the top half off, but part of her wing and her butt(she couldnt kick the bottom off) seemed stuck. So I acted quick thinking since I had no way to monitor the humidity, that maybe she was indeed stuck. So I got my cup that I had washed and sterilized especially for this type of emergency, warm water and a q-tip. The rim of the egg was bloody and there was a blood drop on the bottom of the bator. I dabbed a little water around the edges of the egg. Almost as soon as I set her down in the bator and closed the lid, she kicked the bottom off.


Thats when I noticed this:
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Please tell me that its the umbilical cord and yolk sack! As I was loading the pic, the bottom gelatinus part fell off, but the red bloody thing that looks like a liver is still there. Thing is, the baby is like ALL over the place trying to stand up. How long before it has control over its head? It keeps chirping really loud and doing sommersaults trying to stand.. Is this normal?
 
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Chick1043

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You can sometimes hear them chirp if you hold it up to your ear. I would just let them be! Soon enough you'll get a pip! One of mine i zipping right now! Yay! Good luck!
 

nurse_turtle

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May 28, 2011
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My opinion....Little Giant incubators suck! I nicknamed mine the "murderbator" and sold it after 1 try. If your eggs are wobbling, let 'em wobble. It can take a day or more to see a pip. If the temps were generally low, the hatch date will be later. Good luck with that contraption that LG calls an incubator.
 

DMRippy

Pallet Queen
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May 18, 2011
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I would say leave them alone. I have heard you can cause more damage than good. If you open the incubator you could shrink wrap them. They know what they are supposed to do.

They can stay in there for up to three days after they hatch so don't worry. Good luck!
 

MommaBugg

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Mar 19, 2011
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UPDATE: The chick is able to sit on its haunches and hold its head up a little, though its still shakey. Stil worried about the red globby liver thing in its vent though
 

MommaBugg

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This is my very first hatch so, no on else there to pick at it. So is it ok? I know I may be over reacting.. But I am so nervous!
 

MommaBugg

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Mar 19, 2011
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NE MICHIGAN
can anyone tell me when the chick needs to eat and drink? How many days? I also need to know when I can take her out of the bator. She looks like the wire in the bottom of the bator is messing up her foot.
 

Chick1043

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I take mine out of the bator after they get fuzzy and dry. You can expect them not to eat or drink for 3 days but still show them how. Feed them medicated chick feed. Good luck with your chicks!
 

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