Originally Posted by bantambarnyard
I have had two eggs externally pip since 8 am, but have made no other progress. Is this normal? I goofed last year and upped the humidity too much and shrink wrapped a bunch of eggs. There was condensation on the viewing panel this morning and I panicked. I took some water out of the bottom, and humidity now reads 60%. Is that ok? I don't want to goof up like last year! I am doing this with my first graders so it is so tragic!
HIgh humdity doesn't shrink wrap eggs, low humidity does. If you are hands off and don't open the bator 60% is doable. I am hands on so I run 75% + at hatch time. You are right in not wanting to see condensation on the windows. Normally, just cracking the bator open will let enough out. Are your vents all open? Eggs can take anywhere from a few hours to 24 hours to go from pip to zip, so yes, hours without progress is perfectly normal. After the chick pips the vascular system between the chick and egg starts shutting down and this can be a lengthy process. Some chicks are still finishing yolk absorption as well. As long as the chick is still periodically chiring and the outter membrane stays nice and papery white, there is nothing to get too worried about (easier said than done, I know). If the membranes start turning brownish/yellow and start looking leathery, then it's best to moisten the membrane and check the chick. You can use you tube videos of chicks chirping to keep them motivated periodically between pip and zip and I play it constantly during zipping to keep them going.
Edited by AmyLynn2374 - 5/9/16 at 1:44pm