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How can I tell if an egg has pipped internally?

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Today is day 18 of incubation and they are locked down. How can I tell if try have pipped?
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if they have pipped internaly u should here chirping and if u candel u will see a beak in the air cell
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What day is typical for pipping? My eggs are around 18 days in the incubator. Hopefully ill hatch a few chicks!!
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Day 19-20 for internal pip and day 20-21 for external pip and any were from 1 minute to 2 days after first pip they should hatch
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Will the chicks be unhealthy if the internally pip a little late?
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It's hard to define what you mean by "a little late". The incubation period is a guideline, not a definite rule. Sometimes the temp is a bit high so they hatch earlier than expected, sometimes the temp is a little low, so they will hatch later than expected. I would not candle them at this point. The less you mess with them, the better chance you have of them hatching without problems. Let Mother Nature do her thing. I don't believe that internally pipping "a little late" makes them unhealthy. There is nothing you can do to speed the process, anyway. They will pip and hatch or they won't. 

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I have four eggs that are on day 21 and have not pipped externally and one egg pipped externally yesterday (still in there the little peeper!).  Would it be safe to pull the non-externally pipped eggs out to candle tonight?

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