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Should I help on day 23?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by BaileyBoy, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. BaileyBoy

    BaileyBoy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was reading a few articles saying to break the egg at the air pocket and let it do its thing from there because otherwise they can get to big in the egg and deform. What do you think? tomorrow is day 23. i hear peeping but no piping. should i help it? also it isn't moving around just peeping.
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    How long has it been peeping? If it's been a few hours, candle the egg, mark the air cell line, then take sharp, clean object and carefully score an X over and over on the shell, until you can get through the shell. Then take a clean pair of tweezers and break open the hole. Have a look inside and check if you can see the beak, where it is positioned etc. Put it back in the incubator and bump up the humidity to 65%+
     
  3. BaileyBoy

    BaileyBoy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It has been peeping since day 21 and now it is day 23. i still don't see any movement though. any thoughts
     
  4. chickencrazy999

    chickencrazy999 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    . Hiya we'll have you candled to see if there is an internal pip here is a pic [​IMG]
     
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    If it pipped internally on day 21 and hasn't made progress it's not going to by the sounds of it. You're going to have to have to help the little guy then. Open the shell as I explained above, so it can get some fresh air and have a look at this article:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/step-by-step-guide-to-assisted-hatching

    It explains step-by-step how to assist and there are pics to show what you must look out for. Good luck!
     
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  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Looks like it has pipped internally and is probably shrink-wrapped.
    Disclaimer: I'm am not an expert!


    -Kathy
     
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2014
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    These are what a shrink wrapped chick might look like:


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    -Kathy
     

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