My 1st hatch- I am scared my chickies shells is to hard to get out

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by meraucanamomma, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. meraucanamomma

    meraucanamomma In the Brooder

    Jan 8, 2009
    Forsyth, GA
    I am on my 20th day and one of the eggs has a small crack where the chick starting pecking the top . This was at 4:30 today. and it hasn't done anything else.. The humidity has been staying around the 30's so I have raised it to the 50's. Can anyone let me know if my chickies will be ok. Or if there is something I can do. HELP !![​IMG]
  2. brooster

    brooster Songster

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    no helping yet! they still need a day or two. you better just go find somtin to do, its gonna feel like forever. [​IMG] Good Luck
  3. hehe. I had my first hatch last week. Thankfully, I HAD to go to work otherwise I'd be sitting around wringing my hands! I bet they will be fine! [​IMG]
  4. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    It is sooo nerve racking!! I wouldn't help for a while yet. Is it peeping? Movement? I am glad I didn't help my duck hatch last week. I was going to (whickh usually ends in disaster for me) but I held out and it made it out ok. [​IMG]
  5. meraucanamomma

    meraucanamomma In the Brooder

    Jan 8, 2009
    Forsyth, GA
    Well, I work from home.. I have been so worried and pacing like a mother hen .. so has my husband.. Thanks for the reassurance. I will let you know when they are out..
  6. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    As long as you don't open the incubator during pipping and hatch time, you chicks should be able to hatch just fine on their own. Once you open the bator you disturb the environment inside and that is what generally causes problems with chicks completing hatch. Hang in there and with patience, you should have chicks soon. [​IMG] Good luck! [​IMG]
  7. meraucanamomma

    meraucanamomma In the Brooder

    Jan 8, 2009
    Forsyth, GA
    It doesn't look like a complete crack. It looks like it tried to peck on the shell one time and its little beak didn't come through the shell.. I don't know how to describe it. No movement.
  8. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Crowing

    Oct 16, 2008
    all the above..[​IMG]
  9. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Quote:It's called a pip from the chick...It can take 24 hours and lots longer for the chick to finishing zipping out of the shell.. Patience!! They learn to breathe, rest, absorb the rest of their yolk sacs.
  10. Chix-in-GA

    Chix-in-GA Songster

    Nov 17, 2008
    Nashville, GA
    Trust the great people here at the BYC... [​IMG]

    Those chicks are gonna be fine. My last hatch had a chick pip and do nothing for 24hrs... No wiggle, no peep, nothing... and then it zipped and hatched in like an hour.

    Be patient!!! Oh and [​IMG] to a fellow georgian!

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