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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AmyLynn2374, May 8, 2015.

  1. RubyNala97

    RubyNala97 Overrun With Chickens

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    Can you post a pic? I'm waiting for others to respond. I don't have enough experience. But I would think since you're doing a full on assist from a non-pipped egg, it's not going to be able to get out on its own. Keep going little by little every 2 hrs. Stop when you see blood. I think that's the rules. Good luck.
     
  2. WalnutHill

    WalnutHill Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    They all die eventually. It doesn't have to be so close to hatch.

    It is very possible that if the chick was not positioned well or is too large that it simply cannot execute the movements needed to hatch on its own. Since you've removed the cap already, it seems as if it could just push up, but I've had sticky chicks literally glued to the membrane which in turn locked them in place.

    Since its chances are zero if left in the shell, take the better chance now or when you are ready. If the membrane looks whitish when dry and mostly clear when damp, with no prominent veining, peel the shell all the way back to the edge of the membrane. Enlarge the existing tear and work the head and wings out. If the chick does not begin the struggle, continue to deliver it, but you may find developmental defects. There is a good chance you will simply find an exhausted chick. I say go for it, worst that happens is what could have happened, and best is that you get a healthy chick and a clear incubator.
     
  3. silkiecuddles

    silkiecuddles FortheLoveofSilkies

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    I've got a similar situation as NTBugtraq.
    A friend had a brahma egg hatch today. The second one has been pipped all day. It's chirping. Humidity is at 62%. Only 2 of 9 eggs were fertile, so they're really hoping this second one will hatch. She used tweezers and peeled some of the membrane back barely. Any suggestions?
     
  4. WalnutHill

    WalnutHill Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    How much blood did you see, and how bright red? It's not unusual to have a smear or two of blood left in the vessels in the membrane, but it's not bright and will leak only a drop or less.

    The head is the best indicator of readiness. Are the eyes open? Head look fully developed and covered with down?
     
  5. WalnutHill

    WalnutHill Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Helping out a chick that isn't ready to hatch will usually cause it to die. But failing to help a chick that can't hatch can also lead to its death, so follow the Assisted Hatching guide in the Learning Center to determine when the time is right. It's a fine line between too early and too late and without being there, it's hard to advise. Pipped "all day" isn't really a problem, but if it starts to zip and stops, or never starts to zip after 24 hours, beware.
     
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  6. silkiecuddles

    silkiecuddles FortheLoveofSilkies

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    Ok. I'll send her the link.
     
  7. WalnutHill

    WalnutHill Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Weather today, 95, sunny, humid with scattered showers.

    Tasks today: parts run for the day's projects, change the thermostat gasket on my '69 Firebird convertible, fix the air compressor so I can grind on the tractor frame in prep for welding, jack and shim and strap the tractor frame so I can weld it, read an Instructables on how to MIG weld, sandblast the paint off the area to be repaired then clean off the debris, MIG weld the first fracture, then spend an hour grinding my incredibly ugly weld to clean it up a bit.

    Tomorrow I will touch up the weld and clamp and bolt and weld a U-channel into place on the left side, then switch to the right side and start the process over again.

    Weld spatter is hot. Leather boots, jeans and jacket in 95F is perhaps worse.

    Looks like everyone was busy, not much posting going on.
     
  8. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds! Premium Member

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  9. WalnutHill

    WalnutHill Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Yep! This was my first attempt at welding, so I will take that criticism in good humor. I used to be pretty good with a cutting torch, though.
     
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  10. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds! Premium Member

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    I found that pic the other day while cleaning up my phone and thought it appropriate. :gig
    I've tried it and its rough, but I tell you my hubby makes it look so easy! I said I can do that! I was wrong.
     

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