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Oh man, I had to open the incubator- please keep your fingers crossed!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by littlelemon, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. littlelemon

    littlelemon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My eggs are due to hatch on Wednesday. Today is Monday, and I opened the incubator to take out the egg turner.

    Lo and behold I heard cheeping, and when I took a closer look I noticed that 4 of the eggs had pips! I quickly moved the eggs, took out the turner, added water to the trough, and put the lid back on. None of the eggs have broken, there are just 4 little pips.

    I am SO worried! On my very first hatch 3 years ago I opened the lid during a hatch and lost 2 chicks that way. Now, they were much further along in the hatch, but since then I have NEVER opened the lid at all, and my hatches have been good. I am really, really hoping that because the membrane was not yet broken that the chicks won't be affected. I will just cry if I lose those 4 chicks, I only have 12 due to hatch.

    I can't believe my eggs are hatching 2 days early! They have always pipped right on day 21, never day 19 [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2011
  2. georgialee

    georgialee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sure they'll be fine! As long as your humidity went up after you closed it you're good!
     
  3. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    If you just gotta open your box in the last three days get you a spray bottle of water. Adjust it to a fine mist and each time you open it up give the insides a light misting before closing it up again. The humidity will quickly come back up.
     
  4. suburbanchickymama

    suburbanchickymama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] [​IMG] GOOD LUCK!!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  5. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco

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    A.T. Hagan :

    If you just gotta open your box in the last three days get you a spray bottle of water. Adjust it to a fine mist and each time you open it up give the insides a light misting before closing it up again. The humidity will quickly come back up.

    That is what I do too so there isn't too much humidity loss.​
     
  6. HenPenny

    HenPenny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WOW, mine are due Wednesday. I had to go check and see if any of mine are pipping. LOL
     
  7. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    Don't worry ~ I had the same thing happen on my last batch and had 47 or 48 hatch. Just sit back and try to relax.
     
  8. hippiehen

    hippiehen wastefully exuberant

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    Mine are due wednesday too! What are you hatching? I've got blue and copper marans that were shipped as well as some of my own mutts. [​IMG]

    Sending you good luck vibes!! [​IMG]
     
  9. Deanner03

    Deanner03 The Cake Queen

    We've done this as well, and it turned out fine!!!! GOOD LUCK!
     
  10. jamespet

    jamespet Out Of The Brooder

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    If you find eggs piping in the turner like those would it
    be wise to finish the hatch in an upright position like
    they were in the turner?
     

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