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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chick-chick gal, Oct 16, 2015.
I'm a newbie and my first chick hatched about 3 hours ago. Is it normal to look like this?
Give him time. Hatching is hard work.
The little sweetie is up and moving around now. I guess it is hard work. Thank you!
I have another egg that was put in the incubator at the same time is the one that hatched. I'm thinking it might not have made it because I have seen it move in about 24 hours. I also have 3 others that I put in 2 days later. Two of those haven't pipped yet but this is what the other one looks like. Is it safe to take the hatched chick out? He seems to really want to get out of there.
If the chick is still in the shell it hasn't hatched. And from everything I have been reading you're not supposed to help them hatch. When they are ready they will emerge.
How long has that egg been pipped? What is your humidity? You can take out the dry chick and take out that pipped egg if you can keep your humidity up to 65%. You could read the "assisted hatch" article ( https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/step-by-step-guide-to-assisted-hatching ), and proceed with that egg if it's not made progress since your last post. Helping with hatch is a controversial subject. A number of us do it, with excellent results. But, you've got to know how to do it, and most especially, when to do it. That comes with experience. Sometimes a chick simply can't make it out of the egg because it's too large to get into the right position. This has nothing to do with an inherent weakness that makes the chick not capable of becoming a productive flock member.
It hatched this morning! and now another one is about to hatch. I guess I wasn't patient enough. Thank you for the info. I have been reading on how to assist just incase.
Thanks for all the good information on this thread. I'm at my second go with eggs in the incubator. What is the recommended humidity supposed to be and when? Also when and what is lockdown? Thanks in advance
Go to the learning center and read the entire listing of subjects in "hatching eggs 101". It will answer questions you haven't even thought about asking yet. Should be required reading before plugging in an incubator!!! I always read it just to refresh my data base before starting a hatching season!!!
It did finally hatch this morning!