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Pipping question, is there trouble??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by clhbubba, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. clhbubba

    clhbubba Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Golden Seabrights are pipping as we speak. One of them has a large hole in one side of it but isn't really zipping around the egg. The membrane looks dry around the hole but the chick is alive. If it's not made any progress by tomorrow morning, should I chip a bit of the shell away?? I have to go to work and won't be hear for 10 hours if it needs help. Any input would be great. Hopefully it'll just be out in the morning and I won't have to stress all of this while I'm at work!! I'm rambling because I'm a nervous ninny trying to sit on my hands!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    It can take 24+ hours from the time they pip to when they start zipping.
     
  3. clhbubba

    clhbubba Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know it can take a while for them to zip but I'm worried about the dried membrane. It looks like it might be stuck to the chick around the hole that it's opened. The hole is about the size of a dime and it's all dried up. The other egg is pipped and zipping nicely. No pips from the other eggs yet, still waiting. My hands are in my pockets!! At least until morning;)
     
  4. CarlaRiggs

    CarlaRiggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    If you believe the membrane is dry, you may want to check the humidity level in the incubator. You can place a damp paper towel or clean wash rag on the membrance to try and rehydrate it a bit.

    Carla
     
  5. clhbubba

    clhbubba Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe my humidity is roughly 40-45 percent. My hygrometer is the kind with the 'green' zone. The rings in the bottom are all full. If I open the bator to put in a wet paper towel is that going to throw the temp out of wack. Sorry for the Q's but this is only my 3rd hatching.
     
  6. Bock_Bock

    Bock_Bock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 13, 2008
    Hayward, Ca
    during hatching you want humidity around 65%-70%
     
  7. LocoPollo

    LocoPollo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck with your hatch!
     
  8. BawGock

    BawGock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes, you need to get your humidity up to this range to ensure no sticking membranes.
    Good luck and get that humidity up!
    Carolyn
     
  9. clhbubba

    clhbubba Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The rings were to the rim and I had 2 wet paper towels in there and it wouldn't get any higher. This morning the chick that was zipping had only gotten halfway and was dead. The other chick with the large hole was still alive but had made no progress. She was certainly stuck. I helped her a bit but left the butt end of the shell there incase the yolk wasn't absorbed. I then put some water in the resevoir out side of the rings and the humidity finally came up to around 60%. I have to go to work this morning. Hope that helps the other 8 eggs.
     
  10. CarlaRiggs

    CarlaRiggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    You did the right thing. It's so frustrating to depend on the incubator to work properly, and then it doesn't. [​IMG]
    Good luck with the rest of the hatch. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!

    Carla
     

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