Ok, so today is hatch day for me. I don't have 1 single pip. Is that normal? I did however hear one of the chicks screaming at me from the egg when I walked in the door from chores. I thought it had hatched it was so loud, but I was wrong. So I pulled up my chair by the incubator and I heard a very quiet peep, and I haven't heard anything else. Any calming words for a first time hatcher?? lol
I let them yell from inside for a full 24 hours, and if nothing is going on yet to allow them outside oxygen after 24 hours, I pip the VERY top of the round end a tiny hole the size of a pencil lead around. This keeps them from suffocating without allowing the membrane to dry out and stick them in.
The usually get down to business within a few hours.
If you try to do more, you'll risk a much worse fate for them than if you sit on your hands. Sometimes they don't make it, but my experience has been that those you break the rules for die in the first few days, anyway. We can't know what else might be keeping them from getting the hatch 'normal.'
See above answer, but find someone with goose experience. I've only hatched a couple. It seems to take longer, but you may want to be sure the oxygen level isn't too low by giving a teeny pip in the end, which won't interfere with normal pipping and zipping. Good luck!!