Please help! First time hatching!

EggLayer47

Hatching
Dec 4, 2021
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Hi everyone,
22 days ago I purchased six eggs for my broody Wyandotte. About a 4 days ago, she pushed one egg out from underneath her. I slipped it back under, but when she pushed it out again I realised it was likely she knew it was dead, and I candled it and found that she was right.

That left us with five eggs. Yesterday morning four hatched and are all happy and healthy. They are so cute!
She continued to sit on the last egg until this morning (now 22 days), when her and her chicks started moving around. I candled this last egg, and couldn't see anything but a dark blur. I couldn't see it clearly enough to see if it was moving or not. I then did the float test, and only a small part of the bottom of the egg poked out of the water. I took this to mean that the egg was still viable. We couldn't slip the egg back under her as she was no longer sitting, and our other hen isn't currently broody. We don't own an incubator. We decided that as a last resort we would put the egg in a sock down my shirt to keep it warm and close to skin 😳. Then recently we felt movement within the egg. No cheeping yet! We tried to slip the egg back under our hen (the one with the chicks), but she didn't take to it, and now it's back in my shirt again. What should I do? Should I wait for the egg to hatch with us, or should I try and slip it back under her when her and the chicks are sleeping? any thoughts??
 

nchls school

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I would candle the egg to see if it had internally pipped. Put the egg to your ear. If the chick is still alive you will hear a soft tapping sound; possibly peeping. If you hear the chick follow the steps below.

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If internally pipped it will look something like this. Mark the shell where the most light shines through the air cell. Carefully puncture the shell so there is an air hole for the chick. Be careful to not puncture too deeply; you want to avoid hitting the membrane covering the chick so it doesn't bleed. If it does bleed, wipe the blood away using a soft cloth or tissue (do not use water as it may contaminate the chick with bacteria). Once the hole is made warm the egg inside your shirt for at least ten minutes. Next-peel the shell back so you can see the membrane covering the chick. If the membrane looks white with plump veins, the egg is not ready to hatch, If the membrane looks bloodless with a more transparent membrane, slowly peel the membrane back away from the area where the beak is. Any sign of blood, STOP and wait an hour to proceed. What you want to accomplish is to remove the shell and membraneon the rounded end where the beak is, the same shape the a naturally hatching chick would do when it zips around the egg shell. Once the chick is exposed it is best to let it wiggle free from the shell on its own otherwise you chance the chick hatching before the yolk is absorbed. If you have a heating pad, you might find this better than stuffing this egg in your shirt.The proper temperature is 38 degrees C or 101 F. There are videos online showing how to do an assisted hatch.
 

EggLayer47

Hatching
Dec 4, 2021
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I candled the egg yesterday afternoon and could not really see anything. We decided to give the egg one last shot, and put it under the mum last night while she was nesting with her babies. When we woke up, she had moved off the egg and it was cold. No movement that we could feel or hear. I buried it this morning. Rest in peace little chick 😞

Thank you so much for the advice. I will remember this for the next time we try to hatch eggs.
 

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