Pipped through shell but not the membrane

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by BrazilianChick, Apr 6, 2018.

  1. BrazilianChick

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    This is my first time hatching eggs I really don't want them to die, my hens are hatching the eggs and it is now day 21, I can't control the temperature or the humidity levels.
    I've got 2 eggs where the chicks broke about 60% of the egg shell but not the membrane, I'm afraid that it will dry and they will die. They started pipping around 5 am today and it is now 5 pm.
    What do I do? Do I help them or leave them be?
     
  2. Rose Quartz

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    I'm not sure I understand what you mean. can you get a picture? it sounds like the started zipping and stopped.
     
  3. KayTee

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    Some eggs are tougher to break through than others. I regularly have to help my Marans chicks out of the shell as they get too tired trying to break through.
    If it's been 12 hours since they started pipping then I would risk trying to help them break the membrane before they get too tired and give up.

    It's a very delicate operation, as you have to be careful not to damage the chick. I place the egg on a bunched-up towel (to hold it in place and minimise heat loss) and use a cocktail stick or a pair of (sterilised) nail scissors to gently lift and tear a small part of the membrane, being extremely careful not to poke the stick or scissors inside the egg . Peel it away a little bit to expose the chick. Don't worry if you see a smear of blood on the membrane - it's normal. Don't be tempted to pull the whole membrane away - just tear enough to give the chick a chance to carry on pushing out of the egg.

    Put the egg back under the hen and check on it after about 30 minutes to see if there has been any progress.

    Keep us posted on how it goes - good luck!
     
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  4. BrazilianChick

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    They didn't zip, they made a hole between the small and big (air sack) part of the egg. I'll upload a pic when I get home.
     
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    Thank you, I'll do that and see if it works :)
     
  6. BrazilianChick

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    Both of them are born and look healthy! But their "bellybutton" is still open, is that a problem?
     
  7. BrazilianChick

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    Hey, they just hatched but their "bellybutton" is still "opened" is that normal?
     
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  8. Rose Quartz

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    can you get a picture of it? as long as there's no yolk on the out side they should be fine.
     
  9. BrazilianChick

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    Sorry for the bad quality, this bloody stuff wasn't there before. The other chick had a string connected to the egg membrane and than the hen pulled out of him, is that a problem?
     
  10. Rose Quartz

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    as long as momma will leave it be it needs to be left to dry, and fall of on its own. this chick might be ok. might not. I've only had 1 survive that had belly stuff on the outside out of 5 over the years i've been incubating.
     

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