Came home to 6 pips total, pipping right where I expected them to (five more than this AM). All are cheeping encouragement to each other. But for some of the eggs that I had a hard time noting draw down in the air cell (rounder eggs, I might note), I was worried that I picked the wrong position and laid it wrong side up. Sure enough, there's a seventh that has externally pipped on underside of the egg/toward the bottom of the incubator - I did not position it correctly (because there was no draw down yet at lock down). It's in one of those little baskets (keeping track by hen), so I don't know how much it would be able to roll. I know it's there because there's a little shell fragment under it.
QUESTION: I'm assuming I should NOT open the incubator at this time (ambient humidity is 32%) - will this chick be ok pipping upside down? (Clearly she's through the shell and getting air, there's a decent chunk of egg shell under there...) @Sally Sunshine
Just wanted to check really quickly, maybe get some reassurance....
Getting the brooder all ready to go! Go chickees!!!
(Off to get something to eat, then catch up here...)
- Ant Farm