When to help with a hatch?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ticks, May 17, 2009.

  1. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    Today one of my turkeys pipped at about 12:00 noon. It still has not made it very far. How long should I wait before helping? Or should I not?
     
  2. mediazeal

    mediazeal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is a great long thread about helping. Search the hatching thread to find it. Lots of support for helping, when to help, when not too. Really expert advice.

    From what I remember, it's too early to help right now. I have only hatched a few chickens but they take up to 24 hours between pipping and zipping. They are resting and absorbing the yolk. So 'helping' them out too soon can hurt them. They need the time to absorb the yolk and get ready for the big push.

    Good luck!!
     

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