pips! but not due till Friday! Help!

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by Lunawriter, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. Lunawriter

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    I was planning to put my guinea eggs into lockdown tomorrow since they are due Friday. I looked earlier and noticed a crack in one. I thought it was possibly a fluke but called the lady I bought them from to ask if it could really be a pip since it's straight and not circular like a chicken egg pip. Well, I just looked again and there is another crack in another egg! My turner is still in there and I haven't increased humidity. I can add more water through a tube I have in there. should I just turn the auto turner off and leave it in there? I can't imagine it would come through a dirty hatch unscathed. I don't want to lose any babies by opening it to remove anything either. What would you do?
     

  2. robin416

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    Remove the turner, lay them flat on the screen and while you're at it add water. All is not lost, you will not cause more problems by getting the turner out of there you will be making it easier for them to get out. A crack is normal for hatching keets.
     
  3. Lunawriter

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    I went to do just that and the two were already zipping! One will be out any moment. turner is still in there. [​IMG] hope they don't get hurt! Do you think my incubator was too hot? Is that why they're so early? Now what? Oh dear...
     
  4. robin416

    robin416 Songster

    Feb 6, 2007
    Relax, take them out. Take the turner out. And just put the hatched or almost hatched back. It will work out.

    Can't say if your temps were off or not.
     
  5. Lunawriter

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    Okay I did it. That was nerve wracking. I'd just always read that you shouldn't ever open the lid while hatching. This is only my second hatch.
     
  6. cracking up

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    Congrats! Hope you know since you let us know about them we're going to need to see pictures! What color are they?
     
  7. Lunawriter

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    Thanks! So far 2 dark, 1 light. [​IMG] I'll post pics when my new modem arrives. I'm posting from my phone for now.
     

  8. monita

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    all of my guineas hatched 1-2 days before I planned to lock down so when i noticed the first crack i just locked down early. everything will be ok just remove the turner and add water, they will be fine. and congrats! can't wait to see pics.
     
  9. darkmatter

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    Quote:Relax, I had the same thing happen to my incubated Guinea eggs this year. Four days before the hatch date, I saw piping, I removed the turner and had 5 hatch out early. The rest hatched on time with two delayed by two days. Since I collected from more then one Guinea nest---that may account for the spread out hatch. Don't worry, hatching eggs is never "according to the book", you can try adjusting the variables but consistency has always eluded me. I deal with what I get and try again if need be, I've had hatches from 3% to 90+% under what seems to be the same variables ???????? So, do what you can and enjoy what you have.
     

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