Opening incubator during lock down?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Skunkmiser, Apr 29, 2011.

  1. Skunkmiser

    Skunkmiser Out Of The Brooder

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    I removed about 6 chicks out of incubator because they were dry and figured it must be time for them to go into brooder there are still 20 more unhatched eggs. It was only opened a couple of times while i removed the empty shells and took out chicks. Will this affect the other eggs hatchability?
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Only if there were other pips at the time. The rule is do not open the bator if there are pips as you will remove humidity and shrink wrap them. Chicks are ok in the bator for up to 72 hours. However I do understand it is hard to watch them peering out at you begging to be released.
     
  3. Skunkmiser

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    What is shrink wrapping them?
     
  4. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:When the humidity gets too low and the inner membrane dries out and wraps around the chick so it can't move to pip.
     
  5. Skunkmiser

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    One egg was pipping and the membrane looks dry...should i help it?
     
  6. Skunkmiser

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    Today was the 21st day...How long can it be viable if it just pipped today?
     
  7. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I would wait a minimum of 12 hours before helping. Can you see the membrane waving in the wind?
     
  8. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:If its pipped, it MAY be ok. see previous post.
     

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