Chicks have gone quiet - is that a bad sign?
Hello, I am hatching classroom chickens.
I have used your resources to help me along the way, your setup video was fantastic! Today is day 21 and it's like the eggs have gone into radio silence. Yesterday you could see them wobble throughout the day (I'm using the Brinsea Mini Advance) but today nothing. No wobble, no pips, no peeping.
I topped up water early this morning to make sure the humidity would be high enough but was that wrong to do? Did I mess them up somehow?
Chicks have stopped pipping - now what?
My chicks started pipping yesterday. Two made partial holes in the shell and then we had a very brief temperature drop. A different egg starting pipping today and hatched within an hour.
The two that started yesterday have not made any more progress and one end of the egg is now darkened.
My question is: is there any hope for the two that started pipping yesterday? I can see them breathing still.
How do I know when the chick is about to hatch?
What are the signs that the eggs are about to hatch?
Death before hatching.
We had 3 Light Sussex and 5 Copper Marans fertile.
Lock down began day 18 and we had 1 Copper Marans hatch day 21.
Nothing else has emerged and on eggtopsy (autopsy) the Light Sussex hadn't developed beyond 7 days, but 3 of the Marans were fully formed. 2 had absorbed their yolk sack and 1 looked like it died prior to lock down.
Any ideas what could be the cause? Anything we could have done differently?
The Marans eggs were so dark to candle we could only tell they were fertile.
Should I help a late egg to hatch?
by Melodie Leonard
(Volkdrust, South Africa)
My hen hatched most of her eggs except 4. So I took the 4 eggs and made an incubator box.
I used a box, warm water bottle, a towel and a spray bottle. I changed the warm water every 6-8hours, turned the eggs and sprayed them.
I candled my eggs three days later. #1 and #3 the air cell is on the side of the egg and there seems to be a little fluid inside moving.
#2 the air cell is at the wider end of the egg, but there is no movement when candling and also no movement during the water test.
#4 there is movement when candling and there is movement with the water test.
But now it's the 25 day and I don't know. Should I help, is everything going to be ok or what I must do.
I don't want do something and end up killing it.
Could you please give me advice on what I must do?
Do I move hatched chicks to the brooder when another one has pipped?
Hello, I've 5 out of 6 chicks in an incubator, the Brinsea Mini.
My dilemma!!! It's been 48hrs since the 1st chick hatched. The 5th one last night.
My worry is about the final egg - 'Marans'. It began pip and could see its beak tweeting approx 40hrs ago - it was an active tweet (wondered if beak was stuck).
The egg was turned by the other chicks and the pipped hole is now at the bottom (cannot be seen) and there has been no sightings of further pipping!! The others are clambering over it!
What do I do? It's quite crammed looking and imagine chick no 1 will need out. This is the first time ever holding chicks in an incubator.
Do I let them out into brooder, discard all opened shells, throw in a warm wet paper towel, and close and see what happens with the remaining egg? Or do I move them all to brooder then handle and crack more of the remaining egg?
Any advice welcome. Many thanks.
Moving chicks to the brooder.
Can I wait for 72 hours after the first chick has hatched hoping the rest of the eggs will hatch at "Lockdown"?
When to move chicks to the brooder?
Hello my name is David.
I've come across your site whilst looking for information and what a site - very interesting.
My question is, I have six hens eggs in a home made incubator. It's my first time trying to hatch chicks.
One hatched at a14.45 today. There is no sign of the other eggs doing anything.
Will the hatched chick need moving after a couple of days or should I leave it to wait for the others to hatch?
It's a home made incubator. I put an old hat in the incubator and placed the eggs in it.
Can new chicks survive without food?
by Kerri Deitsch
(Wellington Florida US)
Hi! I have 4 hatched 2 of which are 24 hours ago. I also have 2 pips!
Do I continue to leave the babies in unfed? Or risk the humidity drop and lift the lid?? I don’t know!!!
Dealing with a weak chick.
by Angie Jones
We have a company that brings eggs to our school each year so the children can have a real life experience of seeing new life but in class.
We had 10 eggs. 8 hatched normally, but the 9th struggled a bit. One of our staff has had chickens so she helped to release a tiny part of the shell enabling it to go on to hatch.
But the last one pipped or may have been by another chick no movement until the last day we were told they should hatch by. It was totally exhausted & the membrane was very dried out.
There was no blood, so we made a decision to help it along not really expecting it to survive. It had a bright yolk stuck to its tummy & the feathers were stuck solid like glue.
I brought her home in the incubator and gently wiped the stickiness with warm water as her neck was stuck to her chest.
Amazingly, she made it through the night. She’s tiny & has a deformed foot but I’m so worried to transfer her to the brooder as she’s so tiny & the other chicks are over twice her size & very rough. The last one born started to peck at her eyes.
So she’s now just 24 hrs old. Can I keep her in the incubator until Monday? Then I will be able to watch her in class with the other chicks to hopefully keep her safe.
She’s such a little fighter, I'm doing everything to keep her alive 🐣 Angie x