Make hole in chicken egg air cell?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Y master, Dec 14, 2018.

  1. Y master

    Y master Chirping

    Feb 5, 2018
    Hey guys.
    I incubated some chicken eggs and only one egg hasn't hatched. Yesterday was hatch day and I didn't think the egg was going to hatch so I didn't add anymore water and kept the egg just in case. So the humidity is lower now. I just candled it and saw there was a beak in the air cell and it was moving and am worried the egg is now dried out. Should I make a hole in the air cell so it can breathe, should I just help it out of the egg or just leave it. (I've raised the humidity now)
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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Waiting on a Fresh Garden Salad

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    I generally wait until the chick pip first before sometimes helping, but if it's already late than I might make a exploratory hole to see. If there's blood it's not ready yet, if no blood I would slowly enlarge the hole, but use your own judgement because only you can see what's going on.
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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
  4. Y master

    Y master Chirping

    Feb 5, 2018
    It pipped but got stuck so I had to help it out of the egg and it's now really energetic and happy!
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