Should I help my chicks out? How and when?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Sarah B., Jul 14, 2017.

  1. Sarah B.

    Sarah B. Chirping

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    Now, I'm not overly worried. But if my chicks haven't hatched on day 24 (today is day 22) I'm going to help. Is that too early? If absolutely nothing has happened by tomorrow dinner time I'm going to do all the tests I can think of (float test, candle, tap the air bubble etc.) and if they conclude that my chicks are going to hatch I'm going to leave them be if they chirp. And that's a big IF. If they don't chirp however I'm going to assist them in hatching.

    So guys, help me out. How do I assist? When is the ideal time to do so? Where do I 'make' a hole? With what?

    If you haven't noticed already this is my first time hatching. The chick on my profile chick is, Thora, a day 18 hatch, the only hatch so far actually and she's really really really lonely. So I really want to get at least one sibling for her and that is why I'm thinking of assisting. Now from what I've heard I'm not a big fan of helping chicks out but I need another chick. Like I really need one. And they have to be hatched by day 24 because I'm going to my family's summer cabin on day 25 and I'm going to take all my chicks with me, I currently have one, and I can't exactly take eggs with me. I'd just be murdering them.

    So, please answer soon guys.
     
  2. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Crowing

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    right now, float the eggs.
    if they wiggle, don't assist.

    it might be that your heat was too low.

    I never advise helping them to hatch,

     
  3. Sarah B.

    Sarah B. Chirping

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    I will float tomorrow. And I totally agree with you about never helping but when I candled they were perfectly healthy chicks and if they can't hatch because they're too weak or whatever I want to assist them out but it's an absolute last resort. I just want to know how to beforehand.
     

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