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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by FriAndRoo, Nov 28, 2015.

  1. FriAndRoo

    FriAndRoo Out Of The Brooder

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    I have an egg that was abandoned by my broody, I rescued it a few days back as she repeatedly raked out her nest and refused to sit. I moved it to a incubator that has 9 eggs one week into set. The lone egg has started to hatch but seems to be struggling with the low humidity level in the incubator to suit the one week in eggs as the membrane is dried out and maybe sticking to the chick. Should I raise the humidity level temporarily or would I risk killing out my 9 healthy 1 week along eggs to save this one bird? What do I do?! Thank you for any help you can give!
     
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  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    You can set the hatching egg on a warm, damp paper towel and dab some antibiotic ointment on to the membrane with a q-tip to help keep it from getting too dry.
     
  3. FriAndRoo

    FriAndRoo Out Of The Brooder

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    in the incubator or out?it's pretty cold even in the house at the moment...
     
  4. Lozuufy

    Lozuufy Pigeons are nutty Premium Member

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    I think raising the humidity until it hatches will be fine for the other eggs
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Inside the incubator.
     
  6. LeafBlade12345

    LeafBlade12345 Chillin' With My Peeps

    A small change in humidity should not hurt your other chickens as long as it is for a short time. Good luck!
     
  7. FriAndRoo

    FriAndRoo Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks guys, I've added some water to the bator and put some antibiotic gel on the membrane. Fingers crossed, these chicks are all i have left from my favorite chicken, my rooster, Penguin since we lost him to a predator week before last. That's why I caved and bought the incubator, thought I should have a backup to the hen to be sure I got at least one descendant from him
     
  8. FriAndRoo

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    He's staying in his shell, peeping on occasion, and wiggling a fair amount, but not notably progressing in his hatch... Thoughts?
     
  9. slordaz

    slordaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just had one that had pipped yesterday and only partially unzipped and was stuggling here is what I did. It finally hatched after I decided I couldn't stay awake any longer lol

    used warm water and a q tip and moistened the exposed membrane and left it in the incubator.

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  10. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    It can take over 24 hours from the first pip for a chick to finish hatching. It's normal. Peeping means the chick can breathe, and it's got it's yolk to sustain it. There is no rush to get it out.
    Read this whole thing before you even think about helping.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/step-by-step-guide-to-assisted-hatching
     
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