- May 28, 2011
This is our first time incubating chicken eggs. My husband set up 'bator w/auto turner. Kept constant temp of 99.5. He didn't, however, read the part about humidity. We hit day 21 Thursday (if his count was right), and I started researching myself for what to expect. I came across the humidity issue and figured we must have killed the eggs. To my surprise, though, last night, we heard peeping! We were very happy, of course, even though it has only come from one egg out of 30. The chick pipped the egg last night and has done some peeping and zipping through the night, but it seems very, very slow. I'm concerned about the membrane being dry because we didn't humidify. Should we go ahead and intervene? It's been over 12 hours, and the peeping is much less and quieter. I'm afraid the chick may not be able to break out. It's breathing, but quiet now. PLEASE HELP A.S.A.P. I don't want to lose the only chick it looks like will hatch! Thank you!