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Should I or Shouldn't I?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by akcourtney, May 16, 2011.

  1. akcourtney

    akcourtney Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm excited, and a little disappointed, to have just hatched 50% of my Black Copper Maran eggs. This is my third time incubating eggs and the best percentage to date! With that said, my question to all you experts i -Should I be helping some of the chicks hatch? When should you step in and take over?

    I noticed with this last batch a few eggs should've hatched. There were pecks, chips, and marks of hatchlings due to arrive, but nothing. I feel terrible that there should've been something I could've done to help them.

    Here are a few pictures of my new flock. I call them the Chirp-in-dales flock - LOL!

    MARLYN

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    EBONY AND IVORY

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    CHIRP-IN-DALES FLOCK

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    Thanks for the advice - Angela
     
  2. CranberryCreekFarm

    CranberryCreekFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had my first test hatch a few weeks ago. I had 2 pips overnight, no progress the next day. So I checked and they died in shell. next 3 pipped that morning. 1 hatched too quick and ripped its cord off and died [​IMG] the other 2 were having no progress so by night I helped make their hole bigger so they could breathe and finish "absorbing". The next day one zipped teh rest of the way out, the other I had to open the entire top of the shell because of the way it was postioned in there. If I hadn't halped them, I think I woudln't have gotten any! so out of 7 eggs, I had 5 that "should have" made it.

    Now I have 19 eggs (started with 24) indian runner eggs, 6 bantams, and 2 chicken eggs in my bator.... [​IMG]

    I would help again in a heart beat.
     
  3. johngracias

    johngracias New Egg

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    wow.....your chicks are darn beautiful. what species are they??
     
  4. Chickiebabyfluff

    Chickiebabyfluff Yappette in Training

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    I had one this morning tht was having trouble he was half zipped and stopped so i took him out and helped him the rest of the way but it was too late.....if i had intervened earlier he would have made it He was perfect i am so broken hearted [​IMG]
     
  5. CranberryCreekFarm

    CranberryCreekFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ^^I know how you feel! I did eggtopsies on the 2 that pipped and didnt make it and they were fine, all of my chicks but 1 had their heads tucked under their wings, preventing them from being able to spin and zip [​IMG] poor little baby chickies [​IMG]
     
  6. Chickiebabyfluff

    Chickiebabyfluff Yappette in Training

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    I hate this part of hatching
     
  7. akcourtney

    akcourtney Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks CranberryCreek - I'm guessing, with practice, I'll know when they do need a little help vs letting them hatch on their own. I agree with you ChickieBaby.. I HATE THIS PART of hatching. I get pretty bummed out when the little guys/gals make it so far and just can't complete the jailbreak.

    John, they are Black Copper Marans - I'm not sure where the wheats came from, I'm thinking splash? Not sure and will need to ask the breeder - I bought the eggs specifically for a new flock of BCM. There is one little tiny silkie in there. When I started the Marans, I tossed two of my silkie eggs in the batch to hatch. (my silkies just started laying) Anyway, I won't be adding silkies eggs to a large breed hatch again. I forgot they hatch a little early and the poor little one was very upset to be alone for those few days. It broke my heart....

    Angela
     

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