PANIC! please help! PLEASE i am about to cry!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by IrishBoy, Sep 5, 2009.

  1. IrishBoy

    IrishBoy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 3, 2009
    ok .. so the eggs wer due to hatch yesterday .. one was rocking one was peeping ... no sign of anything this morning ... at 7 ... well i came home from work at 2 and there was a baby chick ... but it had tossed a small SMALL thimble of water and some of the eggs are wet.. anyway! ... the mothering instinct or something kicked in ! and i dryed the eggs with tissue and placed them back in , popped the other chick into a seperate incubator to dry of as it has not fluffed up yet ...
    well one of the other eggs had made a zip .. so i lifted it up dried it of and heard nothing fet nothing , seen no movement .. so i helped it a little and i believe it is dead but i placed it back in anyway .. this is my cousins egg with the zip and he is in tears! .. he usually checks the eggs when i'm not here but he began his saturday job in a barbers ... none of the rest of my family give a hoot about our eggs lol ..

    anyway .. i'm pretty annoyed and have a feeling that the chicks are all dead ... cause ter is no rocking form the rocking egg ..

    they wer wet

    it would be just my luck

    and i am freaking out!

    PLEASE HELP .. i have not even looked that much at my one chick .. just thought OMG .... BYC will help! ... [​IMG] [​IMG] wat to do ?
  2. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    Leave the eggs in the incubator and do not open the lid! The chicks need the humidity, which can be lost by opening the lid. How long have they been trying to hatch? Sorry I cant help more.
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I'm sorry they are not hatching for you. Leave them a few more days and see if perhaps another hatches. You really don't want to have just one lonely little chick.

    But stop opening the incubator and messing with the eggs. Rule number one: After Day 18, stop turning the eggs and DO NOT OPEN THE INCUBATOR.

    The eggs are in a delicate process at that time and the temp and humidity changes will kill them. Just leave them to do their job. A tiny bit of moisture shouldn't be an issue.
    A newly hatched chick can live in the incubator for 2-3 days without issue.

    Hopefully you will get at least one more, but please do some more reading on incubating while you wait.

    Good luck! [​IMG]
  4. IrishBoy

    IrishBoy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 3, 2009
    Quote:i know your not meant to open it but sometimes you just have to take a rish ... gut feeling ..

    but i do have two three day old chicks from another hatch ........would it be visbale to put them with the one day chick ?
  5. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    Once the one day chick has fluffed out, put it in with the 3 day olds and make sure it eats and drinks- drinking in particular!
  6. the simple life

    the simple life Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sorry that things are not going well for you with this hatch.
    The absolute biggest thing is never ever open the incubator for any reason after day 18.
    When you open the bator all the moist air is sucked right out.
    If you have an egg that is already pipping and you suck that humidity out by opening the bator then the membrane around the egg dries up very quickly and "shrink wraps" the chick.
    The chick cannot get out after that and will die in the egg.
    Chicks should not need your help if you just leave the eggs alone after day 18, its usually only once you have started interfering that they have issues.
    This will be a learning experience for you and next time things should go better, just be sure to leave them alone and remember that 18-21 days is just a general guidline, I have had chicks hatch from day 19 to day 23.
  7. IrishBoy

    IrishBoy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 3, 2009
    i think this will be my last hatch of the year ... i'll wait until spring time to have another go at it!
  8. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    Human instincts and our willingness to take risks are what ruins hatches. I recommend to sit back and hope for the best. I have found every time I worry like crazy, I am worrying for nothing and everything works out just fine if I leave things alone. Hoping more babies hatch for you. [​IMG]
  9. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

    Jul 11, 2008
    Winter Haven, FL
    NEVER OPEN THE BATOR !!!!! That's the worst thing you could do. You have 2 days after the first chick is hatch to keep hatching. they absorb the yolk and iy gives them 2 days of food. LEAVE THEM ALONE NEXT TIME! I know it's hard but DO IT!

    best of luck~
  10. Beau coop

    Beau coop Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2008
    I am in agreement with everyone else.


    I was having the same anxiety with my last hatch. She was setting on 5 eggs and only 1 hatched. I picked up the others-nothing no peeps no movement. Thought for sure goners. Day after day this routine. Nothing. Finally 3 days later another chick hatched out of one of the eggs I thought was dead.

    Rinse. repeat.

    a day later another chick. It took another 4 days for the other 2 to hatch. ALL 5 made it. but they are about 8 days apart.

    Patience grasshopper.

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