My last egg to hatch. I want it to make it so bad!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickintexas, May 21, 2010.

  1. chickintexas

    chickintexas Songster

    Mar 19, 2010
    Spring Branch
    I had 4 Silkie eggs that did not pip, zip or even wiggle while all the others were going nuts. 24 hours after the last of that group hatched out, I candled. Two were obviously quitters even before they made it into lockdown. I had randomly candled all of my eggs since about day 3-5 so apparently I missed these guys on lockdown day. The other two were questionable. I steamed up my bathroom and took the questionable eggs in with me armed with nothing but a butter knife. I tapped the tops of the eggs with the knife to get them started. Turns out that the very last one that I cracked (I went ahead and cracked the obvious dead ones as well) was still alive. This is what I saw...Outer membrane came away easily with the shell. Since I saw no movement, I nudged the inner membrane a bit which immediately started to bleed one little drop. At that point, the chick moved. Crap! The inner membrane was white but not sticky. I put my hand under the running hot water and started to dab the inner membrane with it. Wrapped the egg in a dish towel and immediately placed it back into the hatcher. I have been keeping an eye on this very last egg. It looks as if this poor little thing still has a yolk sac but not 100% certain. I would have to remove more of the inner membrane to know for sure. Due to how I made my incubator/hatcher, I can easily put a wire into a vent hole and move away the towel to check on it's progress. Each time I have checked on it, the chick has moved a bit. Am I doing all that I can to improve it's survival? Humidity is at about 75-80% and the temps are perfect for forced air.

  2. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    Jan 11, 2010
    All you can really do is wait and see.... Sounds like you have helped about all you can without the risk of causing a bigger bleed.

    I sure hope this little one makes it for you...

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