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I have eggs that are starting to hatch. How long does it normally take for them to completely hatch? I have one that keeps on shaking but has a little crack in it. Should I help it or let it hatch a little bit more before I help it? This is my first time hatching eggs
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The first little crack is a pip. Sometimes they take a break.

It could be a few minutes to several hours. Before it starts to zip.

Zipping should be quick no more than a hour til it's hatched.

How long has it had the crack?
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I have eggs that are starting to hatch. How long does it normally take for them to completely hatch? I have one that keeps on shaking but has a little crack in it. Should I help it or let it hatch a little bit more before I help it? This is my first time hatching eggs

It can take up to a whole 24 hours between the first pip and the actual zip or it could only take a few.  I don't interfere for at least 18 hours. If you try to assist before the egg's vascular system is shut down you can cause a perfectly healthy chick to bleed out. You also don't know if the yolk is fully absorbed. The decision to help is a hard one, but shouldn't be acted upon too soon.

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Need help incubating/hatching? Are you more a hands on hatcher? Come visit us: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1081034/hands-on-hatching-and-help

A guide to hatching from the hands on perspective: http://hatching411.weebly.com/

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Originally Posted by feedman77 View Post

The first little crack is a pip. Sometimes they take a break.

It could be a few minutes to several hours. Before it starts to zip.

Zipping should be quick no more than a hour til it's hatched.

How long has it had the crack?

The zipping has started on one egg and I helped it a little. I first noticed the pip around 3
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I wanted to update everyone on my chicks. The two cracked eggs have successfully hatched. One with my help and one by its self!
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