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24 hours of pipping and zipping but no chick

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by babsh, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. babsh

    babsh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chick pipped through almost 24 hours ago. It zipped throughout the day. It has zipped about 1/4 of it's way around the shell, but has made no progress for the last 6 hours. It was quiet for a long time, but is now chirping. I can see it's beak moving.

    I did a search and I keep reading, "relax, it can take up to 24 hours". Is it possible it's stuck for some reason? Can anyone talk me down? I know I'm not supposed to help. I'm sitting on my hands.

    At what point do I worry?

    Barb
     
  2. Nicola

    Nicola Chook Cuddlin' Aussie

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    is it the only egg in there??
    because my friends lone egg did the same thing so i had an idea because when they normaly hatch they can hear the others chirp so i found some baby chicks making alot of noise on you tube by searching baby chick noisesand within 10 of the noises the chicks hatched [​IMG]
    ETA: it could also be resting it might be exaughsted
     
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  3. jaybme

    jaybme Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have the same thing going on...and there are a lot of eggs in with there which are pipped too, and have been since yesterday.

    But some finally hatched tonight, so it just takes time sometimes.

    My quail eggs are more serious- no pips, and only one hatched. The rest have done nothing, and they almost always hatch together...I guess all of them will not hatch. I will look tomorrow night, a full 48 hours after they should have hatched.

    Good luck! ( and do sit on your hands a little longer...)
     
  4. babsh

    babsh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are 3 other eggs that have not pipped at all. Not a good sign, I suppose. They were all alive on day 18. I guess I'll give it til morning. I can still hear it peeping. I just wonder why it is not zipping anymore. I hope it's not stuck.
     
  5. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    I'd start helping it out right about now...
     
  6. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    I try not to help if I can avoid it, but sometimes the membrane just sticks to them. Perhaps help it by quickly chipping back a little bit of the shell, just to help it along, and put it back. But remember, each time you open the incubator you lose moisture, so move quickly. Do you have a still-air or forced air incubator, and what temps have you been operating at?
     
  7. babsh

    babsh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Can you explain why you think so?
     
  8. babsh

    babsh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mrs. AK-Bird-Brain :

    I try not to help if I can avoid it, but sometimes the membrane just sticks to them. Perhaps help it by quickly chipping back a little bit of the shell, just to help it along, and put it back. But remember, each time you open the incubator you lose moisture, so move quickly. Do you have a still-air or forced air incubator, and what temps have you been operating at?

    I have a still-air (Hovabator). I have been trying to keep the temps at 102. At this point, the thermometer has been knocked over so I can no longer see it, though it has stayed pretty stable. I have found it very difficult to know exactly what the temp is, so this is my best estimate.​
     
  9. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    Out of all the responses, why'd you pick me to explain? LOL

    I would intervene at this point because its been at least 24 hours, the chick is halfway zipped or more, and because it could simply be a case of it taking a break and drying out causing the membrane to dry up and stick to the chick. If it were any less than halfway zipped or more I probably wouldn't, but based on the information you've given us, I probably would at this point.
     

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