Pipped at small end

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SassafrasSprings, Oct 24, 2007.

  1. SassafrasSprings

    SassafrasSprings Out Of The Brooder

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    I have an egg/chick that was set on 10-5, when I was moving the eggs to the hatcher yesterday I noticed it had already pipped but at the wrong end of the egg. [​IMG] I figured it would drown if I did nothing so I carefully chipped a hole at the pip so it could breathe. There was a little blood but not much. I carefully wiped it away with a q-tip until it stopped bleeding and swabbed off around it's beak and nostrils. I put it in the hatcher with the other eggs, 5 total. That was right at 24 hours ago. I've kept an eye on it and it seems to be ok so far, it moves around quite a bit. I don't know if it will be able to finish hatching on it's own since it's turned wrong and it may dry out since there is a hole already. When should I attempt to help it a bit more? I want to try and make sure it has fully absorbed it's yolk. The others have not pipped yet as far as I can tell. This is a bantam Modern Game egg/chick by the way.
     
  2. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

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  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Leave it be, I've had a few hatch just fine in breach.
     
  4. SassafrasSprings

    SassafrasSprings Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thanks, that helps on how to help, [​IMG] but I'm still not sure when to try. It's very active, twisting and pushing on the egg but I don't think it has room to turn around to unzip the rest of the shell. I'm worried to try too soon as it's only on day 19 and no pipping yet from the other eggs set at the same time. [​IMG]

    Quote:That's been my instinct so far. At least for another day or so. Let it try on it's own. Maybe it will hatch tonight and I'll have a chick in the morning. [​IMG]
     
  5. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

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    There is a big danger in helping too soon. There are magical things that go on inside the egg, where things are drawn up into the chick, the yolk sac and whatnot. Trying to help too soon can kill it. i would not even consider helping until you are at day 21, which would be tomorrow for you? If it is active and wiggling and cheeping, then i would leave it be, like silkiechicken recommends - he has way more experience than i. And also, following your intuition is a very good thing. That will get you a long ways. i have had chicks that did not seem like they could zip, and then overnight they zipped all around and popped out.

    Good luck. Please let us know how things go!
     
  6. SassafrasSprings

    SassafrasSprings Out Of The Brooder

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    I just now had to open the hatcher/bator and add water as my humidity was really down. (it's an old turn-x and doesn't have the auto water bottle, you have to add it to the base) The chick has made a little progress and is very actively wiggling around. [​IMG] I pulled off a tiny bit of dried membrane and then let it be. I saw at least one of the others has pipped now as well. Day 21 is either tomorrow or Friday, I don't remember when on the 5th I set them.

    I will keep you updated!
     
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Yeah, it will take it longer, I wouldn't help till you are very sure, and at least day 22.
     
  8. Hi!
    That's odd... Nearly every Modern Game Bantam egg I've set has pipped from the small end and I've had to 'take' them out of the shell.
    I lost quite a few MGB chicks before I realized that's just the way mine are.
    Did you happen to candle when you moved them to the hatcher? I've seen that mine will turn in the egg and move away from the air cell (it's the dangedest thing).
    I wonder if it's something to do with the fact that my MGB girls lay long, skinny eggs.

    I hope it was just nutritional issus and not something genetic. I had 2 hatch yesterday and both still pipped on the small end, but made it out of the shell without help.

    Good luck with your hatch!
    Lisa
     
  9. TerrasCritters

    TerrasCritters In a new coop

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    How is the egg/chick today? Did it hatch? How are the others?
    I was always told chicks will pip around day 19 and the day 21 is there "hatch date" but that just means by day 21 they should be out and running around. If that makes since?
    I have also had eggs pip from the small end. But I have a real hard time just waiting, I have to make sure nothing is blocking it from breathing.
    Sounds like your chick is/was making progress and it was a good idea to just let it be. I usually only help when I dont see any progress, and if there is blood its a good indication helping is usually to soon and stop immediatly and put it back in the warmth of the incubator for the blood to stop.
    Anyway give us an update when you can!

    I have eggs due tomorrow that have not pipped ugh.
    They are Bantam Cochins (my second batch trying to hatch) and there are only MAYBE 3 that may hatch. And also 2 out of 3 dozen silkie eggs, these 2 ended up being showgirls out of all of the colors I ordered. Only one looks like it MAY hatch.
    Shipped eggs can be so frusterating for me!
    I will probably be on the look out for more silkie and cochin eggs for a REASONABLE price.

    Wishing you lots of luck!!
     
  10. dccdmom

    dccdmom Out Of The Brooder

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    Terra,
    Do you want any full grown banty cochins? I'm in Western WA also and have a white cochin roo(6 months) who needs a new home. I also have a 7 week old frizzle cochin mix roo who needs a home. I'm really good at hatching roosters just not hens:(
     

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