Should I open the incubator to get the injured chick?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickenlover54, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. chickenlover54

    chickenlover54 Henely Hatchery

    May 20, 2009
    Northern Illinois
    I just want to know everyones opinion. I have about 12 eggs due today and 3 are out, I have noticed this chick laying on its back and trying to stand. It hatched first and is completly dry and not weak. I think it may have a problem with its neck. I have my Sportsman outside in a building and the humidity is atleast 50% outside. Should I open the incubator and get this chick?
  2. 2overeasy

    2overeasy Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2010
    Birchwood, TN
  3. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    No there is no up side to helping it. You may hurt others with that very dry air. What help can you really give it anyway?
  4. Threecritters

    Threecritters Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 11, 2011
    Are other eggs pipped? If not, I say go in and get him. The very least would be to put the poor thing out of its miserery if there is a bad problem with it. If others are pipped...I would get it out anyway, just be very fast and take a spray bottle to give the bator a quick humidity boost. If you don't think you can do it without the humidity really dropping (I consider 10% or more drop to be too much), then leave him till the others are out.
  5. ReikiStar

    ReikiStar Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't know what others have experienced but opening the incubator for a second isn't going to crash your whole progress. If you're that worried about a drop in humidity, I would swap out the chick and put in a wet sponge to add any lost humidity.

    Of course, I'm in the "I would help" camp. If the chick can be helped, why not. If it turns out it should be culled, the sooner the better.

    Good luck!
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2011
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I have a Sportsman and I have taken chicks out as they hatch. I do try to do it quickly and the incubator recovers quickly. I have had a mister and have misted the eggs for the humidity. Also I close the vents some until the humidity recovers. I do use a 5 gallon bucket for my water for my humidity. The humidity recovers quite quickly too.

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