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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SilkieMan, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. SilkieMan

    SilkieMan Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 21, 2011
    My first egg just pipped an I'm only on day 19, but the pip was on the under part of the shell' where it couldn't breathe! I'm so
    Nervous. I don't think its alive..I put it right side up where the pip was... Any ideas? Im freaking out...
  2. mandelaykay

    mandelaykay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2011
    Southern maine
    Peel back a few tiny bits of shell so it has an air hole.,just be super careful
  3. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    Leave it ALONE. That chick may be ready to pip but not ready to hatch. It may take a day or more to complete the zipping process. The more you "help" the more you'll grow to wish you hadn't. Good luck and be patient.
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Be calm. If it's meant to be it will be. Can you see the beak? I have had chicks pip and hatch as early as day 18. If you can't see the beak and think it may have expired it isn't going to hurt to check it out. I would carefully peal the shell without tearing the membrane around the line the chick would normally zip. Is there a hole where the chick has penetrated the membrane? Also there are two membranes an outer membrane which usually look white and an inner clear membrane where the blood vessels are. You could pick the shell on both sides of the pip and see if you can see the beak and moisten the membrane with warm water with either your fingertip or a Q-tip. If you see the beak and the chick is alive then put it back into the incubator to let it hatch itself. I usually wait at least 24 hrs from pip before helping the chick zip and if it is stuck then I may help it hatch. You have to be very careful as the blood vessels may still be in tact and not dried enough and the chick can bleed to death. Good luck...
  5. RareBreedFancier

    RareBreedFancier Surrounded by Broodies

    Nov 5, 2010
    Australia :)
    Ok, first up, keep the incubator closed!

    I've had pips in all different places, they usually hatch out fine. What you don't want to do is mess up your humidity now you should be in lockdown.

    I know it's hard but the best thing to do at this point is sit on your hands and wait. Seriously, helping can cause more issues for the other eggs.
  6. SilkieMan

    SilkieMan Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 21, 2011
    Hey all!! First baby hatched today and is doing good. Only day 19 though! This is such a relief. She had a hard time coming out. Thanks for the help. Posting pics tonight!
  7. sunnydalefarms

    sunnydalefarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2011
    Sturgeon, MO
    Congrats! Looking forward to pics. [​IMG]
  8. SilkieMan

    SilkieMan Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 21, 2011
    first baby. definitely a miracle.
  9. waw

    waw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2011
    is that a silkie
  10. KWAK

    KWAK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2009
    is it bloody?

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