Should I help my pipped egg

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by derricknapril, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. derricknapril

    derricknapril Out Of The Brooder

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    Today is day 23 I have 11 eggs in hatcher I was about to give up and then woke up this morning and I have one pipped. It was chirping for a while but haven't heard anything in about an hour. It is now after 3 pm and I noticed the pip about 8 this morning. Should I help him, will it affect the other eggs if I open the bator? If so what do I need to do? Thanks
     
  2. Chicken Chat

    Chicken Chat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If the incubator temp was on the lower side it can cause a later hatch. If you open the bator, looseing humidity, it could be harder on the others. After saying that, if you are like me, sometimes you just have to know and try to help. If I think mine are in real trouble, I bite the bullet and quickly throw a wet sponge in the bator and quickly grab the egg. I have to tell myself it they weren't strong enough to come out on their own, they aren't strong enough to survive, but I have two hens that I helped, and they are strong and healthy today. Good luck.
     
  3. derricknapril

    derricknapril Out Of The Brooder

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    He is still chirping alot now and has chipped more of the shell. Should I just keep watching. I dont want to harm the others at all. Thanks
     
  4. CHIC

    CHIC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From everything I have read you should watch and wait.
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    If it's making any progress at all, leave it be. Sometimes, it can take more than a day for the chick to get out.
     
  6. rhoda_bruce

    rhoda_bruce Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I only help when I have lost all hope that it will make it out. I figure I have nothing else to lose.....I might kill it or it might die from exhaustion or whatever else it may die of. I see a few dead chicks like that, but I have also helped a few. Its a tough call. Still I prefer it to come out on its own, if at all possible. I have much better luck when I let a hen do the incubating for me. Good luck.
     
  7. derricknapril

    derricknapril Out Of The Brooder

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    Thats what I am doing biting my nails but bit by little bit he is chipping away the shell hopefully by morning.Thanks for all your support!
     
  8. derricknapril

    derricknapril Out Of The Brooder

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    It just hatched, is it good that he is flopping all of the bator and knocking into the other eggs? This is so awesome. I had no idea! [​IMG]
     
  9. Happy Chooks

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    Yay!!!!!!
     
  10. derricknapril

    derricknapril Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, so today is going on day 24. Juts one out of the 11 hatched the others have done nothing other than been kicked around by the little guy, would it be safe to say they aren't going to hatch? Or should I give them a little longer before I get him out? Thanks
     

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