4 hours and no progress

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Lorrie77, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. Lorrie77

    Lorrie77 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 26, 2011
    This is my first time incubating eggs and I have just 1 egg that pipped at about 4:30 today.
    About an hour later there was a much bigger crack but nothing since then. Is this normal
    or is something wrong? My humidity has been at 65-70% for 3 days but just recently dropped
    to 63% I am not sure if I should open the bator to add water or leave it alone. Anyone who
    can help it would be much appreciated [​IMG]
  2. clairabean

    clairabean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!

    Do not open the bator. Do not do it. Expect to wake up to a chick, probably not sooner. Some are really quick, others are slower. In my experience the first is always the slowest. Sometimes it can pip the first, but fully hatch third or fourth. After a few start chirping, things move along faster.

    Do not open your bator!
  3. Lorrie77

    Lorrie77 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 26, 2011
    Thanks for the advice, I am sitting on my hands [​IMG]
    I cant wait, forget sleeping [​IMG]
  4. eggdd

    eggdd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 12, 2011
    i just had chicks that took about 24 hours to finish hatching after they'd pipped. everything was fine.

    calm down. don't freak. just enjoy the show - - have your camera ready!
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
  6. clairabean

    clairabean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!

  7. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm Premium Member

    Apr 13, 2008
    Bowdon, GA
    As my husband says "back away from the bator".....I know it's hard, I'm going through temptation to open that door!
  8. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    Just finished our first hatch. First one pipped on the bottom, so we aren't sure when it happened, but the other two had pipped around noon yesterday. When I found that I should flip the bottom pip, we did so, and at 10pm last night, it hatched. The second one, that showed very little movement, hatched an hour later, with the first one basically molesting it the whole time in the bator. We gave up around midnight, 12:30 on the third one, who had pipped the earliest. I did, however, remove the two who had hatched, and at that point, raised the final egg to my ear, and heard slight chirping and pecking. So no intervention, and this was a total 13 hours after pip.

    It hatched during the night, sometime between 2am and 6am.

    So give it time...I was insane with worry and stress. Hopefully our 2nd hatch will let us be a little calmer, LOL!
  9. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Four hours! Is that all? LOL! Any chick that pips and hatches inside 4 hours should be calling the Guinness book of records.
    Mine usually take a full day. Some take even longer. Usually they pip then do absolutely squat for at least 12 hours...
  10. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

    Aug 3, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    Patience, Grasshopper!!

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