PLEASE HELP..DAY 24 NO PIP..CHICK STILL ALIVE SHALL I HELP?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Bantam Username, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. Bantam Username

    Bantam Username Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I candled this egg at lunchtime on day 22, preparing to open it and see what went wrong - as the other 5 eggs didn't make it to day 18 even, and discovered that it was alive and had internally pipped (I could see it moving in the air space and see the irregular bit where it had broken through), but there was no peeping or tapping going on.
    It is now evening on day 24, I have candled it again as it still hasn't pipped, it is still moving in there, but less so, I can't see it moving in the air space any more either and it still hasn't tapped or peeped once.
    Should I help it out now as its been 2 and a half days at least since it broke through into the air space now? I don't want to leave it too long and have it die.

    All my other hatches have been on time, but this was my first batch in a different incubator. The temp has been steady throughout but now I'm not sure whether to risk helping it or risk losing it.
    If I get no replies, I think I may try helping it in half hour anyway as I don't want to lose this little guy who has been fighting so long. :(
     
  2. Squawkbox

    Squawkbox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it were me I would help it. I'd make a little pip hole so it could at least breathe.
     
  3. indi

    indi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with Sqwarkbox help it, but as soon as it gets to 6+ days if it hatches on one of those days don't expect it to live for too long. I am not saying cull it, just don't get too attached it can be devastating (personal experience-I know). I hope all goes well and I would help it. Sorry for the sombre response.
    Best of luck!!
     
  4. Squawkbox

    Squawkbox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't understand what you are saying Indi.. are you saying make a pip hole and wait until it hatches on it's own??
    Once I help them I just wrap them in a wet paper towel,stick em back in and then wait for the veins to dry. Once they are dry I get them out.
     
  5. Bantam Username

    Bantam Username Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I've opened it a bit, the veins are still way too thick for me to touch the membrane but it is looking shrink wrapped so I've upped the humidity. Don't really know what to do now. :([​IMG]
     
  6. Squawkbox

    Squawkbox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, all of my last batch were completely shrink wrapped. If you can see the beak, rip away a tiny bit of membrane so that it can breathe. Wet a qtip with warm water and soak the inner membrane so it is clear. Then wrap a warm wet paper towel around the whole egg and stick it back in the bator.

    Mine after I helped and waiting for the veins.

    ETA not trying to sound all knowing or anything, just trying to help :). All of my chicks would have died if I wouldn't have helped them.
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    Last edited: Feb 18, 2012
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    First of all, I never let an egg go past Day 22. They continue to grow every day, remember, and the likelihood that they can even move after that is slim. Either help or toss the egg, is my personal opinion. There may be a serious reason that it should NOT hatch. That's what I've found with chicks who just never get out of their eggs, even if they pip and partially zip.
     
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2012
  8. BaabyBoo1998

    BaabyBoo1998 Out Of The Brooder

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    Didn't the paper towel get cold ? .__.
     
  9. Bantam Username

    Bantam Username Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol! Not in a warm incubator! It would only get cold if exposed to the cold! :D
     
  10. BaabyBoo1998

    BaabyBoo1998 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ohhhhhh. Lol ! xD i tried that once, but it didn't work out .__. it got cold o.o
     

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