Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by TMPoultry, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. TMPoultry

    TMPoultry In the Brooder

    Jan 11, 2009
    Lake of the Ozarks
    Okay this hatch has been filled with mistakes because this was our first hatch.
    Okay so we started building an incubator and also started collected eggs which we kept under a heat fan and water and it kept the eggs at 100 degrees and 40% humidity
    Once we had the incubator we had collected eggs from 5 different days which we then put into the incubator on a turner and 100 degree temp and 55% humidity. we had the eggs in the incubator with the little end facing up which im pretty sure is wrong.
    We were assposed to have 1 egg the first day then, 1 ,4 ,5,3
    on the 21st day the first egg didn't hatch and on the 22nd neither did but 2 eggs from the 4 bunch broke through their shell and were peeping but they were upside down so i flipped them over and the peeping stopped for awhile so i put them back upside down and still silence, about 30 minutes later i heard a peep and then more peeps but they still havent broke out anymore. Did i harm the eggs by flipping them? their peeps are very soft but still noticeable through the incubator. are they resting from their work breaking through? when will they start again? How can i help them? they are a bantie and a silkie egg. how are we apposed to place the eggs and how do we turn them the right way for the next hatch?
    Please Help!

    Also the hole in the egg is about the size of an eraser on the back of a pencil and it looks like a beak is poking out just a teeny bit on the bantie egg. The shell and membrane of the egg look fairly thin could they have broke through accidentily while pipping?
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2009

  2. chickieboy

    chickieboy Songster

    Feb 7, 2008
    broken bow
    when they start hatching leave them alone on the 18 day quite turning then u did turn the eggs 2r 3 times a day?they usually hatch in 12 to14 hours
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I would have taken them out of the carton and laid them on their side but at this point it's not good to open the bator because you are drying them out.

    Guess you could still do it if you put them on a wet paper towel, but don't listen to me.. someone else will come here with more experience and they'll probably tell you not to touch them!
  4. Scraps

    Scraps Songster

    Jan 25, 2009
    End of a dirt road...
    I would just leave them the way that they are. I made the mistake of "trying to help" and what I ended up with is a chick totally encased in the membrane. By morning, it had turned hard and crusty and the chick was still stuck half way inside the shell. I KNEW to never try to help but yet I did anyway. I felt so horrible and I swear that I will never EVER open up the bator during a hatch again.

    Anyway, the little chick was still peeping up a storm the next morning , her eye was glued shut, little wings stuck to her body, she looked like a little mummy or something. I took her out, sat next to the heat lamp with some warm water and a Q-tip and feather by feather started slowly picking the gunk off. Thank god she survived, she's a tough little bird and is being totally spoiled rotten [​IMG]
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2009
  5. TMPoultry

    TMPoultry In the Brooder

    Jan 11, 2009
    Lake of the Ozarks
    Ty im gonna go to sleep and see what happens in the morning they were turned more than 3 times a day and i toke them out of carton on the 17th day and laid them in incubator
  6. hooksetz

    hooksetz Songster

    Feb 10, 2009
    Tampa Bay
    if they are pipping and the eggs are laying flat in the incubator, theres no need to mess with them. It's 21 days give or take sometimes a day or 2 depending on the conditions, if it doesn't hatch try again it'll get easier. I've helped a few out before and the survival rate for one you help is pretty slim, mother nature is a cruel and loving beast, it'll hatch if it's gonna.
  7. Snakeoil

    Snakeoil Songster

    Jan 10, 2009
    SE Iowa
    I never do anything to help or alter anything during hatching. If a chick is strong enough to make it he will. I have found that if you try and help a chick out in some way, you will hatch a weak chick that won't make it in the long run.

  8. the_eagle69

    the_eagle69 Songster

    Feb 1, 2009
    Far SW VA
    the pointy end goes down. i too have a hatch for the 16th with pointy end up [​IMG] i knew better but by the time i figured it out it was to late. they do rest during hatch so noise will stop and yes on the 18th day with clean hands lay thelm on their side My dad stated hatching last year i learned a lot of what not to do he filled the bator with 180 eggs at one time(pointy side up) let the water run dry many times over filled the hatch tray and left the rest in the truning trays. he had about a 45% hatch and it lasted over a week. by the end of the season i was up to almost 85% hatch rate [​IMG] . So just give thelm some time and just keep at it. there is a lot of good info and a lot of great ppl on the site.
  9. TMPoultry

    TMPoultry In the Brooder

    Jan 11, 2009
    Lake of the Ozarks
    Okay my bantie egg isnt moving anymore or peeping but my silkie egg is peeping and it seems like it is trying to break out, so i bumped the humidity up to about 70 its the 12th hour since its pipped so its gonna be soon, sadly i have to go to school today but when i get home im hoping for the chick to be out. i dont think i can sit idly by and watch my chick die in its egg though so if its not out by 8 tonight i think ill help it out. I do think it will make its way out
    It seems like a fighter [​IMG]

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