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problem during zipping: please advise

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by beepbeepinajeep, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. beepbeepinajeep

    beepbeepinajeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Egg pipped at 7AM. Started zipping a little by supper time. Only zipped a small area. Now the beak is out halfway between the zipped area & chick is only cheeping, no more trying to peck its way out. Cheeping sounds like it is asking for help. Is there a problem? Is it time to intervene? If it is, what do I do?
     
  2. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wait a little longer. He's probably exhausted and taking a break. Don't open the bator until you're absolutely sure he's in trouble. He should be fine for another day in the egg.
     
  3. beepbeepinajeep

    beepbeepinajeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So maybe he is doing it to breathe a little better since he can? I guess I will have to keep busy where I don't worry over it:) DH is begging me to do something & I already told him we have to wait:)

    I am glad that we have some pullets... by next year I'll just use a broody hen:)
     
  4. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes. What he'll start doing now is pushing. He'll push to crack the egg and rotate all the way around.
     
  5. beepbeepinajeep

    beepbeepinajeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! I appreciate all the help today:) I will update when we have an outcome;)
     
  6. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is he the last egg to help? If so, you can safely help. Just pull a little bit of shell off every hour or so until you can "pour" him out of the egg.
     
  7. tumra

    tumra Out Of The Brooder

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    i havent been hatching chickens though the excatly the same thing happens with my quail eggs.... Although i wait a couple of hours to give them a chance to hatch out of the egg themselves i do eventually give them a helping hand by peeling away some of the egg shell and just leaving the whoite membrane. I have found that in my batches that those chicks that only partially zip is because their navel is still bloody. When i assist in the hacth they come out fine and survive.... I suggest that you help it ot if it is still struggling.
     
  8. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    it can easily take 24 hours from zip to hatch. Put your hands on a chair bottom with the palms flat side down, then sit on them.
     
  9. beepbeepinajeep

    beepbeepinajeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No progress made last night. Chick still moving beak. What do you think? [​IMG]
     
  10. beepbeepinajeep

    beepbeepinajeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think I am going to do anything.

    I tried to peel back a tiny bit of shell and it started bleeding a little. I got it stopped & it was a tiny amount. Is the bleeding still a death sentence?

    Unless ya'll think I absolutely need to do something, I think I better let things happen as they may. I am not very optimistic... should I be? There isn't too much movement... not like last night.

    The other eggs haven't pipped either:(

    How disappointing:(
     
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2009

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