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PostSubject: Babies getting stuck   Sat Feb 04, 2017 4:48 pm

We are only 2 weeks into our Hatching period, and already we have had TWO babies stuck in their shells.

One died trying to get out of the shell, and today, I had to help another to break free of the shell.

It seems to me, as if the baby starts chipping its way out of the shell, then the inner membrane of the egg starts to DRY out and traps the baby.

At least that is what I saw today when helping the baby out of the egg - the very fine membrane had stuck to the baby's body and it couldn't break out of the shell.

Firstly, I ran some warm water over the egg, making sure I didn't drown the poor wee thing. Then with some of my very fine jewellers tweezers, pulled the shell away from the baby's body.

When I got part way into removing the shell, the baby got itself out of the rest of the egg and 4 hours later is fine and feeding from its parents.

I am sure there are fanciers out there who would say "if a baby can't get itself out of the shell, it should NOT be helped" - what are your ideas on this subject.

Always inquisitive - Phil
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PostSubject: Re: Babies getting stuck   Sat Feb 04, 2017 5:21 pm

if I see a yb struggling to get out, and its nest mate has been out for quite a while then I will help it.........some may disagree and say if it cant get out on its own its no good, but ive done it in the past and the yb has raced ok, and made a decent pigeon.

but each to their own I suppose.
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PostSubject: Re: Babies getting stuck   Sat Feb 04, 2017 5:31 pm

make sure parents get plenty baths phil or spray the underside of the hen with a fine spray day before hatch date atb
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PostSubject: Re: Babies getting stuck   Sat Feb 04, 2017 7:18 pm

Never had it happen that I am aware of. Egg shells too thick?
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PostSubject: Re: Babies getting stuck   Sat Feb 04, 2017 7:26 pm

oldstrain wrote:
make sure parents get plenty baths phil or spray the underside of the hen with a fine spray day before hatch date atb

Agree with Darren, plenty of baths, damp feathers off parents softens the shell
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PostSubject: Re: Babies getting stuck   Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:49 pm

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make sure parents get plenty baths phil or spray the underside of the hen with a fine spray day before hatch date atb
Something forgotting at times in a stock loft O/S "baths" but I place importance on the issue on a regular basis etc "the spray trick" Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes Wink Wink you can have that one Laughing Laughing Laughing all to your self as such & the other trick bounce bounce helping them chip out Wink Wink I'm afraid my nature is rather on the harsh side of life, at all times.
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PostSubject: Re: Babies getting stuck   Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:54 pm

Call it Houdini
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PostSubject: Re: Babies getting stuck   Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:59 pm

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