Q. My fertile egg has a bleb or raised spot, can it be incubated?
A. Yes, We have successfully hatched
eggs that are even misshapen! Obviously you only would want to do this for extremely rarebreeds or for other sentimental reasons.
OMG I dropped an egg I was incubating when I Candled It, and its cracked what can I do?
A. Small cracks can be taped
up with microporus tape, use the smallest amount needed, We would suggest "fogging" the incubator with F10SC Disinfectant for the
rest of the incubation (see F10SC instructions) chick may need help during piping or hatching especially of the crack
was on the large side of the egg.
Q. A Chick seems to be struggling to get out, can I help it?
A. Yes, there is some evidence
that hens will help their chicks hatch, However, this is always one of the most difficult decisions to get the timing right. Usually
within 24 hours of a chick piping the egg it will hatch, so leave it at least this amount of time before taking the egg out (in a
warm room). start where the pip is, and continue to chip away the shell around the egg. If you see blood, then stop and place the
egg back in the incubator and wait 2-3 Hours, before continuing.
Q. Its day 23 and still no chicks have hatched what can I do?
First of all setting your incubator at to low a temperature can increase the hatch time, and this maybe what has happened. Take each
Egg and gently shake using your wrist. If you feel or hear a sloshing motion / Sound, these eggs are not going to hatch. Leave the
remaining eggs in for one day. After this the best thing you can do is learn from the mistake by opening up all the eggs (except sloshing
eggs). You may be able to see embryo development, and whether any chicks were fully formed (little or no yolksac left). Fully formed
non hatched chicks can indicate a humidity problem towards the end of the hatching process. Partially formed chicks can indicate a
bacterial infection (especially if you can see a black ring on the inside of the egg).
Q. My incubator was turned off or the
power went off, are all my chicks dead?
A. Chicks can be surprisingly adept, especially towards the end of the incubating process.
During power cuts Insert heat packs (make sure these don't touch the eggs directly), and cover your incubator with insulating
materials. (DO NOT DO this if your incubator power could come back on without you being there when it does, as this could cause your
incubator to overheat, or cause a fire).
Turn on your incubator as soon as you can, and resume incubating.
We have successfully
hatched some chicks even 24 hours after the power was off!
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