Yesterday my egg was rocking, today nothing

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by hdolloff, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. hdolloff

    hdolloff Out Of The Brooder

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    Yesterday we had an egg hatch!! The egg next to it was rocking all afternoon, now there is no movement at all. This egg has not piped. PLEASE HELP! They were 21 days, from the last egg I put in, on Thursday the 20th. Should I help it pip?
     
  2. XavCas

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    The egg might just be taking his time. Pick the egg up and gentle tap on it with your finger and listen for a peep. If he doesn't start to hatch soon, then you might want to help. I let my eggs hatch the natural way ( whether they are under a hen or being in an incubator ) and have never had to assist an egg. I hope I helped a bit.!
     
  3. sumi

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    The egg was due 2 days already, so I think you should candle it to see if there's movement and if the beak is in the air sack. Listen to hear if it's trying to pip. If it's quiet make a small hole in the area of the egg where they air sack is, preferably near the beak if you can figure out where it is. See if there's sign of life and if it's still alive, just open the membrane to clear the chick's beak so it can breathe. If it is not making progress you can help it hatch by very slowly and carefully, with a pair of tweezers, breaking away the shell, round the egg like the chick should've. It there's a little blood in the membrane stop, put it back in the incubator with high humidity and make sure the membrane stays damp so it doesn't shrink wrap the chick. Continue opening the shell after an hour. When it's opened enough so the chick can get out by itself leave it and let it kick the shell off by itself. Assisted hatches can take hours, but it can be done successfully. Good luck!
     
  4. hdolloff

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    Just opened the egg, The chick has died. [​IMG]
     
  5. Ghostbelly

    Ghostbelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sorry for your loss [​IMG]
     
  6. sumi

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    Sorry to hear that [​IMG]
     
  7. hdolloff

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    there are 5 that have died in their egg.

    I opened a silkie egg and it still has a heartbeat so I opened the membrain and there was blood so i put it back in the incubator. what do I do now?I can not see the beak.

    All the eggs were put in by the 29th of November, they should all be ready. where all the others died I want to open the other eggs. there are still 3 silkie eggs I have not opened.
    should I leave them?
     
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  8. sumi

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    Take them one by one and hold them against your ear. Tap them with your finger nail and listen for movement from inside. If you tap it hard the chick will move or cheep if it's alive in there.

    Could you possibly post a pic of the silkie that's still alive? How much blood was there? Is she moving? You can open her a bit more and get her head out so she can breathe, but it's risky and tricky.
     
  9. hdolloff

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    [​IMG]

    There is still movement but I can't see the beak.
     
  10. sumi

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    That baby is not ready to come out. Keep her damp and don't touch. She'll have to absorb that blood before she hatches. Up the humidity in your incubator and leave her in there.
     

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