URGENT: How to proceed?!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by hokankai, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I need help on what to do with one of my bantam BR eggs. I thought it was dead today, so I peeled back a pinky-tip sized hole into the air cell to look for signs of life. Well, there was a beak! The chick had pipped internally and was breathing. I quickly covered the top of the egg with a moistened paper towel and put it back. This was at around 9-10am, and the little chick is still in the egg and breathing. She squirmed in the egg when I pulled the towel back, looks like it's getting ready to pip. However, since the pressure for oxygen has been taken away because of the hole in the egg...will it hatch on its own? Or will it need assisting? If I do need to assist, how far do I need to assist it and what should I let it do on its own?

    Right now the air cell membrane is greyish and moist from the wet paper towel being over it. I can't really tell if there are veins or not...I don't think it's that clear. But the membrane isn't white, so I'm assuming that's good? I have no idea how long its been pipped internally for. Right now I am not too concerned because it has oxygen, is breathing, and the membrane is moist...but I'm afraid to check on it every time for fear that it has died. I do not open the incubator to check, I stick a piece of airline tubing through the vent and move the paper towel around.

    Humidity in the incubator is hovering around 75-85 with the moist towel and carton.
     
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  2. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone? :\
     
  3. red golden

    red golden Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try to find the thread on assisted hatching . I would just keep and eye on it and see if it progressed any . Don't rush it but don't wait to long like i did two weeks ago and not help and the chick died with an external pip.
     
  4. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Too late, it stopped breathing :'(

    It was malpositioned and only had half its yolk absorbed. Even with oxygen it didn't make it.
     
  5. mjanderson437

    mjanderson437 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So sorry to hear that. I was hoping you'd get some good advice for a happy ending. :(
     
  6. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I should have helped it an hour ago, but it still needed to absorb the yolk so I don't know if that would have helped.
     

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