Malpositioned Chick - 36+ hours after PIP and still alive. HELP

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by BlsdMama, Aug 4, 2014.

  1. BlsdMama

    BlsdMama Chirping

    Mar 22, 2009
    This is an updated post and I could use some help on this one.

    12 eggs.
    5 healthy hatchers.
    One malpositioned chick - dead
    Four other eggs - dead / no movement

    It's Day 23.

    Last remaining chick pipped this shell approximately 36 hours ago. No progress. Attempted an uneducated "help" last night and caused a tiny drop of blood. Stopped immediately.

    Came here:

    Candled all remaining eggs and drew air cell. No movement in 5/6

    Candled live chick in egg. Drew air cell in pencil. Carefully removed shell from the area and the OUTER membrane.

    I can CLEARLY see the veins are not ready to have him be hatched.

    But NOW WHAT?

    I'm feeling a little pressure here - I am contracting myself this morning and have to leave in an hour for a doctor appointment. I will most likely be having a HUMAN today, lol, but I'm leaving this EGG and it's really causing me more anxiety than my own birth.

    Chick sounds great but definitely less peeping than last night. His beak is clearly positioned where he pipped the shell - in the dead middle of the egg. Whereas the air cell WAS properly positioned.

    Help a chick mama out?
  2. DCchicken

    DCchicken Songster

    Aug 29, 2013
    I know it's hard but you need to let nature take its course. I have learned from experience about assisting hatches. Nature has a way of weeding out genetic issues. It doesn't let those chicks hatch normally. If the chick cannot hatch on its own, assisting it is interfering with Nature's own way of correcting problems. You don't want that chick to carry on that problem to future generations.

    It took me a long time to realize this. Chicks that I have assisted have turned out blind or with broken toes or suppressed immune systems, etc. If it is strong enough to hatch on its own, it will. If not, maybe just let nature take its own course.

    Just some advice that I learned the hard way. I even follow this with extremely rare chickens like my Ayam Cemani which sell for $800 a chick. Since following this advice, I have the healthiest, strongest flock of anyone I know. But you have to decide for yourself.
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2014
  3. ryferre

    ryferre In the Brooder

    Jul 14, 2014
    I will agree to some extent with "allowing nature to take its course". Usually, when I have helped an egg hatch it will not be a very strong, healthy bird. There was one time when I was helping my nephew with a science project and he was totally distraught about an eggs in a similar situation so I helped it hatch... It was a quail. That quail imprinted on humans so very well that it became pet-like. Other than this ONE experience, I would recommend it.
  4. Pinkaboo

    Pinkaboo Songster

    May 12, 2014
    Cornwall in the UK
    I've helped a few out, they just weren't in the right position to zip around, but why are the blood vessels not ready? Seems strange , I'm not sure from your post if it has a air hole other then the air sac? If your going to help it it will need a hole making, I'm not sure if you can see if the egg sac has been absorbed?
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Oh crumbs... Look, I know this may sound harsh, but you need to look after yourself and your baby now. If that chick is meant to hatch, it will and I hope it does. Take care of yourself and good luck with the birth!
  6. DCchicken

    DCchicken Songster

    Aug 29, 2013
    I completely missed the part of you having a baby. Good luck on your new baby!!

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