In the Brooder
- Feb 6, 2013
Thank you so much for the reply! I've put him back in the bator for now. You can see my previous post, "Day 19 chicks are hatching?" to see the issues I had with temp/humidity fluctuations (93-109°).
That could explain a bit! Incubators seem a bit iffy at the best of time, old pro's have terrible seasons sometimes despite all their knowledge and experience. But, 21 days is a guideline not a rule. I've had them hatch at 14 days! And 25. And 18 to 19 days is actually pretty par for the course for my chooks.
There is one other egg left with the air cell on the side of the egg. That egg has been jiggling around for 2 days, but I don't see an internal pip, and I don't hear anything. Do you know if the internal pip will be visible with the air cell longways on the side? I really appreciate the expertise from this website!
Hmm, bit unusual for a chick to hatch from an egg with a misplaced air cell. That's usually fatal to the embryo; still, it's usually fatal a lot sooner, if it's survived this far, hopefully it will hatch. But I don't know for sure. It's genetic in basis from what I've read and another thing to cull out rather than breed, generally speaking. It would be very hard to candle that, indeed. I don't know if it would be visible, sorry!
I hold them up to my ear, talk to them and gently tap the eggshell with my fingertip. A healthy hatching egg has a sort of rustling, papery, soft sound that eggs not yet pipping don't have --- they have a 'wet' or solid sound, if you know what I mean (and if you don't I'm sure you'll learn soon enough); you often hear the chick shift in the membrane too, rustling around. If it is rustling and sounding 'dry' I'd think it's fine regardless of where the air cell is. Time will tell.
That's great!!!! Awesome job! I'd be worried too, but hopefully it will progress just like any other malepositioned chick (if it's developed right) if he doesn't make the air cell.Thanks for the tips. I was going by this link: https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/step-by-step-guide-to-assisted-hatching
He pipped the pointed end of the egg. I had to make a 'hole' so he could breathe. Then I left him alone for 12 hours like the article said. He had made no progress at all. After that is when I put the photo on here. I left him alone for several more hours before I helped him zip (without removing the membrane). Then I left him in the bator again. I just checked on him and he is out!
The only one left is the sideways air cell egg. I hear him moving around, and I see some shadowing, but he is last. That worries me because of the air cell issue.