Trouble getting out of egg?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Cason, Sep 20, 2008.

  1. Cason

    Cason Songster

    I'm sure this has been covered- but I can't find a search option (If there IS one, please someone- let me know!) My eggs are pipping but the chicks cannot seem to break through the membrane, and one even had it stuck to him! My temp is right at 100* and humidity at 70. There are ~ five pipped and no activity.
  2. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    how long has the hatching been going on? Are they all still peeping and trying to hatch? Please refrain from helping unless you really feel they are in trouble!
  3. Cason

    Cason Songster

    Since day before yesterday. There has been no activity since then- nothing at all. I can clearly see the membrane of the eggs- the shells have been chipped, but membrane not broken.
    No, I'm not helping. Guess I'll just buy LIVE chicks from now on! HA!
  4. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    You might want to go ahead and break the membrane. If there is no activity whatsoever it might be a little too late. Just make sure you stop messing with it if you see blood! I hope the chickies are okay, the hatching process takes so long (from what I've read, I haven't done it YET) and it's really stressful for us and the chicks (I think more for us). I would break the membrane to get some air to the chick, cause that would be the main concern. If there isn't enough air the chick will die. I hope they're okay, and I hope my advice is good! I've done a lot of reading on here, and that's what this advice is based on. Is there anything? Movement? Peeping even a little? If not, how long have they been silent/motionless?
  5. Cason

    Cason Songster

    The membrane is VERY heavy- almost a chore for me to tear. I wonder why?
  6. Livinzoo

    Livinzoo Songster

    Mar 2, 2008
    Statham, GA
    I had my humidity to high once and the chicks piped and drowned in their shells. I have also had chicks that were too large and couldn't move easily in their shells. I heard it was from too high of humitidy throughout the hatch. I have since started dry incubation and have not had those problems reoccur.
  7. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
    Quote:what does "dry incubation" mean? my hum. has been quite high before, but now it's 65-70%... [​IMG]

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