Pipped chick stuck?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by sojeo, May 15, 2009.

  1. sojeo

    sojeo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have done quite a bit of reading and looking at photos and I think that my chick may be stuck. It pipped around 4 pm yesterday afternoon and it is now 8 am and is still in the same position. I can see it's little head in the hole and the feathers are dry. There is also a bit of membrane glued to it's head right up to it's eyeball and it is pulling a bit on it's lid when it moves. It chirped a little last night now it's not chirping at all, but just moving it's head and beak. I am scared on intervening, but I do really think it is stuck. This is also day 25 and I think it will be the only one that may hatch. Should I just leave it be?
     
  2. patyrdz

    patyrdz The Madd Hatcher

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    If it was me i would help it! I know some people will disagree, but that is a long time to be in the same place.
     
  3. joy

    joy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It sounds like it has a very dry membrane and needs moisture and helping out.How is it?
     
  4. sojeo

    sojeo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I had to do something, so I chipped away some shell from around its head and shoulder. The membrane was totally dry, no veins, no blood and wrapped all around it. I then wrapped it in a warm wet paper towel and put it back in the bator and boosted the humidity by spraying. It's now slowly coming out of the shell, I can't see yet if the yolk is fully absorbed but it is chirping a little here and there now. Definitely perked up a bit but still kinda lethargic. I don't think it would have been able to come out on it's own at all the poor thing! Looked like it was in a straight jacket. I'll keep you posted!
     
  5. THough1956

    THough1956 Chillin' With My Peeps

    You did exactly the right thing, I did two like that last night. I left the part of the shell that was near its bottom , wrapped it in a moist paper towel and put it back in th bator, this morning it was out and doing just fine. I had one die in the shell yesterday moring because I was not there to intervene.[​IMG]
     
  6. sojeo

    sojeo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, I'm so glad that you guys think I did the right thing! It's almost got it's head totally out and it is pushing with both sets of feet. I still can't see if it has any yolk. Oh, this is so exciting, I just pray it survives!
     
  7. sojeo

    sojeo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's out! It just stood up and pushed itself out of the shell! Woohoo! The yolk is not visible, the umbilical cord just separated on it's own from the shell. There is a little gunk on its bottom where the cord is still hanging. Can I just let it dry out on the screen or should I wrap it in damp paper towel? I think it's doing ok now.
     
  8. sojeo

    sojeo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's the pic!

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    It's a cute little yellow chick, already trying to stand up! Yaaayy![​IMG]:celebrate:love
     
  9. THough1956

    THough1956 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hope the little chick is fine, I did not get on the computer all weekend. I am sure he is!! Congrats!
     
  10. mediazeal

    mediazeal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, great ounce of prevention!
    you saved him!
    congrats!!!!!
     

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