Pip and partial zip but still in shell

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Lydia, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. Lydia

    Lydia In the Brooder

    May 21, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    I have Buff Orpington eggs hatching under two broody hens that are currently housed inside on our back proch. Yesterday, the hatching began mid-morning- two days early. One hen has a chick that has fully hatched and fluffed out, the other has a chick that has partially hatched and is peeping but is still partially encased in the shell. It has been almost 24 hours so I'm wondering if I should intervene or just continue to let things play out as they will. My husband checked on the chick still in the shell this morning and said it was peeping so I've left it alone. We've had three very successful hatches so far this Spring with no intervention but if this chick may need just a little help, I would like to do what I can. I've read a lot threads on the forum regarding this topic but many of them are about hatching using an incubator, which may not be the same?

    Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated!


  2. Stonerowfarm

    Stonerowfarm Songster

    Sep 16, 2008
    Cheshire, MA
    Hopefully you can find some answers in the following:

    From: Everett WA/Corvallis OR
    Registered: 01/25/2007
    Posts: 17539
    View My BYC PageIncubating & Hatching Eggs Important Topic Index - Please ReviewHow to care for hatching eggs:


    To intervene or not to intervene:


    http://www.exoticpetvet.net/avian/incubation.html has a good reference to the draw down as how it is affected by interference: Assisting the hatch is a difficult decision, and in this author's experience, many aviculturists will do more harm than good by assisting the hatch. Normally the chick will hatch 24-48 hours after drawdown has occurred. ****By making a hole in the egg shell over the air cell, the carbon dioxide level will drop, actually slowing the hatch. ********* Making a pin-hole or opening the air cell end of the egg should only be done if the vocalization level of the hatching chick is decreasing or other signs indicating that the chick is in trouble are evident (for example, if the chick does not pip into the air cell).

    If intervention is necessary as a last resort:


    Good luck!
  3. Jarsheart

    Jarsheart In the Brooder

    Jun 27, 2010
    I used the above info on a pipped NOT zipped egg, and save one of my babies. It took quite a bit of time, and was very nerve wracking for me, but I was able to save my baby that way. So what happened ?
  4. Noncentzter

    Noncentzter Songster

    Nov 17, 2009
    Southern Oregon Coast
    On my last hatch, I had three eggs left in the bator and I was getting ready to shut it down. I saw that one egg had pipped, but hadn't gone any farther. I didn't know how long it had been pipped, but went ahead and zipped it myself...there wasn't any blood and the chick was fine, so I pulled the top off the shell and the chicked pushed itself out of the bottom of the shell. It's doing fine now...it all depends on what you're comfortable with.

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