Originally Posted by neduckmomma504
Hi everybody! Sorry for my complete ignorance. I've been reading as much as I can about this whole incubating stuff. I just need some clarification. When it gets close to hatch time....will I hear the chicks chirping in their shells? & when I read about pipping/piping, is that when they are beginning the breaking out process?
Sometimes. When the chick internally pips.... makes their hole through the membrane into the air cell, you can often hear them chirping inside. That doesn't mean that you always will and it doesn't mean something is wrong if you don't hear peeping before an external pip. The external pip is the pip you actually see in the shell. This can happen anywhere from a few hours to 24 hours after the internal pip. (Unless you are candling after lockdown, You won't "see" an internal pip, just hear the chicks peeping inside the egg, if they do.) The external pip may be no more than a crack in the beginning and take hours from that crack to progress to a hole where you can see a beak poking out. Like the internal pip, the external pip can take anywhere from a few hours to 24 before you can see the progress to the zip. The process of the chick turning and breaking a zip line around the egg followed by them pushing out. The zip itself usually does not take that long. Mostly mine take no longer than 20 minutes to complete a zip once they start. I personally would not let a zipper stall for any length of time (1/2 hour tops) with no effort and not help it out. But others do give them a bit more time before stepping in.