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How long to break out of shell?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Probably a dumb question but, After waiting 21 days, the chick breaks out of shell, how long does this take? From first crack, to yes im out? Is is like 6 hours or something?

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post #2 of 14

Can be 24+ hours from pip to hatch.

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I'm a Farmer/Rancher  Wife,Mom & Grandma  No Farms, No food. 
If you want house chickens and ducks in diapers then this is the forum for you.
I've got 50+ years of poultry experience, but this 'poultry' forum isn't for me anymore.
If you're going to complain about farmers, don't do it with a full belly or a mouthful.
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post #3 of 14

Yes, I agree. I only had one group hatch so far and had one that was taking too long (so I thought). It had been almost 24 hrs since it pipped and I thought it needed help. Nope, no help needed, there is a reason it didn't finish yet. It hadn't absorbed it's yolk yet and I lost that one sad . I felt horrible, I got a little nervous on one other but then it just zipped it's shell a couple hours later and was fine. But this is my limited experience, I am gonna just leave all the rest alone and not toss the last egg till day 24 or so.
Krista

Krista- mom to 7 with an amazingly understanding husband   . chocolate runners, b/b/s orps, jubilee orps, bantam chocolate orps, project lf choc orps, blue breda fowl and a some cool exotic hens for eating eggs

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Krista- mom to 7 with an amazingly understanding husband   . chocolate runners, b/b/s orps, jubilee orps, bantam chocolate orps, project lf choc orps, blue breda fowl and a some cool exotic hens for eating eggs

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post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by Katy 

Can be 24+ hours from pip to hatch.


Exactly what Katy says...sit on your hands too!...

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Smith/Giles "project" Lavender Orpingtons, Spring of 2012 Part English "project" Lavenders , Part English BBS Orpingtons, Buff Orpingtons and Bantam Light Brahmas.  Follow me down the yellow brick road!!! 

I'm holding out for the gold star !!!!   

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post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 

Ok I will sit on my roll hands. It's SOO hard not to look. So I am clear, what is pip and zip? I assume it the begining of the break out of shell. Sorry I don't usually hatch eggs, I get them 2 days old.

1 husband, 3 boys, 1 cat, 1 big dog, My other family=12 hens, 6 roosters, 1 Mama hen +8 chicks, +20 more chicks, and one turkey named Ginny!
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post #6 of 14

A pip is the first break in the shell...Zip is when they're working their way around the shell breaking it as they go.

I'm a Farmer/Rancher  Wife,Mom & Grandma  No Farms, No food. 
If you want house chickens and ducks in diapers then this is the forum for you.
I've got 50+ years of poultry experience, but this 'poultry' forum isn't for me anymore.
If you're going to complain about farmers, don't do it with a full belly or a mouthful.
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I'm a Farmer/Rancher  Wife,Mom & Grandma  No Farms, No food. 
If you want house chickens and ducks in diapers then this is the forum for you.
I've got 50+ years of poultry experience, but this 'poultry' forum isn't for me anymore.
If you're going to complain about farmers, don't do it with a full belly or a mouthful.
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post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 

Did I mention the eggs are hatching under a hen? Does that make a difference in hatching time?

1 husband, 3 boys, 1 cat, 1 big dog, My other family=12 hens, 6 roosters, 1 Mama hen +8 chicks, +20 more chicks, and one turkey named Ginny!
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1 husband, 3 boys, 1 cat, 1 big dog, My other family=12 hens, 6 roosters, 1 Mama hen +8 chicks, +20 more chicks, and one turkey named Ginny!
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post #8 of 14
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Ok thanks for making that clear. pip and zip. I don't get to see much since they are under hen. Its making me crazy because she is having all the fun! But now she can do all the work too. lol.

1 husband, 3 boys, 1 cat, 1 big dog, My other family=12 hens, 6 roosters, 1 Mama hen +8 chicks, +20 more chicks, and one turkey named Ginny!
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post #9 of 14

Here'a a pip...
http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll228/7crazyclays/DSC02199-1.jpg

then a zip...
http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll228/7crazyclays/DSC02215.jpg

and a chick...
http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll228/7crazyclays/DSC02210.jpg

Good luck with your hatch!!!  It's so excited to watch! smile

Addicted to Orpingtons! smile.png
Blue, Black, Splash and Lavender
~Now offering hatching eggs!~
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Addicted to Orpingtons! smile.png
Blue, Black, Splash and Lavender
~Now offering hatching eggs!~
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post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thank you for pics! Just shared with the family so they know what I'm talking about and pics help. I know I drive them nuts with all of this. But as I learn, I want to teach them, even if they don't want to know! lol.

1 husband, 3 boys, 1 cat, 1 big dog, My other family=12 hens, 6 roosters, 1 Mama hen +8 chicks, +20 more chicks, and one turkey named Ginny!
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