Malpositioned Poult

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by NoisyCricket, May 16, 2013.

  1. NoisyCricket

    NoisyCricket Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a poult that pipped through the wrong end of the egg last evening (day 25), sometime between 4 and 7pm.
    He made himself a nice breathing hole and has been chirping away for the last few hours, but has been unable to make progress, and has grown quieter in the last 1/2 hour.
    I read the step by step guide to assisting the hatching. I strongly suspect a temp issue is what caused this, so I plan on assisting, but I don't want to act too soon.
    He does have an air hole; I can see his beak when he pokes it through the hole.
    His membrane, around the hole, looks like it is starting to dry out. The humidity is 85%, but he is not on a wet paper towel as I have not opened the incubator.

    Any advice would be most appreciated.
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I would give at least 24 hours for the guy from pip to get out on his own. I've had chicken chicks pip upside down and make it out no problem. With chickens, I've had a few super slow pokes pip on day 20, and be the last little bugger to crack out of the entire hatch on day 22.
     
  3. NoisyCricket

    NoisyCricket Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. I will just keep an eye on him for now.
     
  4. NoisyCricket

    NoisyCricket Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last night before bed I applied some ointment to his exposed membrane. He had managed to crack a little bit more of the shell and a chunk of it came loose when applying the ointment, so I took it off. At 2 am I got up to check him and he was stuck with his butt in the air and his head trapped under the shell. He didn't have quite enough room to maneuver his head out, so I took a bit more shell off for him. He was out and resting by time I got up this am. He was soon joined by another hatching poult, and now he seems to have decided that he is king of the 'bator, and keeps resting on top of the unhatched eggs. [​IMG]
     
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Congrats on the baby!
     
  6. NoisyCricket

    NoisyCricket Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! It is my first Turkey.. [​IMG]
     

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