Originally Posted by VeggieMinette
The babies are coming!! First pip last night and we could see its little beak pushing at the shell this morning. Woot woooot! What should I be looking for that would tell me that I need to intervene?
Yay! So exciting! I wouldn't worry until they've been pipped at least 18 hours. 24 is better. As long as they aren't making multiple pips w/o zipping and the membrane around the pip stays dry and papery and white, there shouldn't be a problem if your humidity is up. If the membrane turns yellowish/brown, and sticky/leathery then you will need to at least moisten it and probably unstick the inner membrane from chick just at the pip.
If you can, play this at the bator:
Usually it's a good motivator and really gets them going. I play it periodically once they start pipping and constantly when I have a zipper.
If a chick starts zipping and stalls for more than half an hour I would help it. The zipping process should not take that long. Mine are out w/in 15-20 from start to finish of zip. Most cases I hear where chicks stall during zip, they don't make it.