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

  1. WalnutHill

    WalnutHill Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Sorry that it didn't make it. I've become quite experienced at assisted hatching thanks to my crossbred turkeys, but even so I lose some with too early or too late an assist, or with moisture control.

    I used to advocate using a moist paper towel around the shell to help retain moisture but I found that in a forced air incubator, this causes a chilling effect that can also kill the chick. I do think the inner membrane may have dried a bit overmuch after the shell was breached, and for that, so long as there is an internal pip, I use a petroleum based antibiotic ointment and swab it on the membrane. It will preserve the existing moisture nicely.

    I don't know why that chick had such prominent blood vessels at that time and stage. I am sorry for the loss of the chick but as you said, you do gain new insight and perhaps the next time you have a challenged one you'll have a better outcome.
     
  2. RubyNala97

    RubyNala97 Overrun With Chickens

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    What happened to the eggs? They look like they stopped developing or you can't see movement??
     
  3. rossfam06

    rossfam06 Beak Brokers

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    All the veining gone and no more movement noticed. I think....its from my manual turning....is there a certain way you turn the eggs?
     
  4. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds! Premium Member

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    How has your temp and humidity been? :hugs
     
  5. RubyNala97

    RubyNala97 Overrun With Chickens

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    I just had one like that except is was a peafowl egg. Please update, I'm curious to see if it makes progress on its own. I waited 24 hours then assisted.


    I liked this story! I saw the whole thing in my head. Good to know a way to get a predator!

    Yes!!! I've noticed this. The paper towel gets freezing cold almost instantly and then makes the humidity in the incubator skyrocket to 100%. I was not a fan of the paper towel last time!

    What color are the eggs? I'm thinking there's a red ring in there that may be hard to see. I hand turn all my eggs (no auto turner) x & o, just twist from one side to the other.
     
  6. chicapee

    chicapee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh dear, that is a shame. But as you say it was also a valuable learning experience. Best of luck with the babies that made it.
     
  7. chicapee

    chicapee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    woke up this morning to the same scenario, baby is still peeping, but stronger. I am using the 2nd pip that is in the the correct place in the air cell that pipped at approximately the same time as a Guage from pip to zip. She is still moving around and peeping. Humidity is 71%. Must be completing last minute absorb tin preparations. Day 21 doesn't start until 530pm. And mine usually hatch exactly on day 21.
     
  8. RubyNala97

    RubyNala97 Overrun With Chickens

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    This came up on another thread and I thought I would ask here since I greatly respect the opinions around here. Do you routinely "worm" your chickens? Why or why not? :)
     
  9. silkiecuddles

    silkiecuddles FortheLoveofSilkies

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    Ruby: thanks! But, I was not the one doing the shooting, FYI. :oops:
     
  10. RubyNala97

    RubyNala97 Overrun With Chickens

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    As long as it can get oxygen, that's a great idea to follow the other correct pip!! I actually waited longer then 24 hrs. Because I don't know exactly when the pip happened, I woke up to it. So it was about 26 hrs from when I noticed it. I started by making an artificial zip line. My chick could not push out at all. So I ended up taking half the egg off and letting him rest. Then just sliding him out of the egg. His umbilical cord was stuck to the shell. After a couple hours, I just cut it. Good luck!!
     

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