Ahh - 4 pips overnight on day 20! HELP!

discodannio

In the Brooder
8 Years
Feb 19, 2011
14
0
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Ok, so I'm not going to freak out like others do at this point (yeah right...), but I do have a couple questions.

WHen they chicks pip, is there continual movement/pipping action? Or do the chicks take long breaks? I just got up after sleeping through my 3:00 alarm to go check the eggs, and there are the 4 pips. 2 are just 'dents', but the other 2 definitely have a bit of cracking action.

My question: should I see either movement, or rocking, or 'breathing' (whatever that looks like) when I can't yet see the actual chick('s beak)? Basically, I'm worried about the 'pip and die' syndrome, and I'm wondering if they've been pipped for, like, 8 hours already and are dead b/c they've stopped now.

Make sense? Drat... I got up late so I don't have any extra time to sit and watch to see if there's any movement/progress. Obviously the best I can do is wait - but can anyone answer my questions above?

Thanks!

DD
PS - I hope I come home to my 2 little kids staring with excitement into an incubator full of chicks!
 

key west chick

Songster
11 Years
May 31, 2008
3,328
14
211
Gainesville, GA
Piping can take hours. Its hard work chipping threw that shell. They will work at it awhile and then take a nap. It may even be tomorrow before all is said and done!
 

wannabchick

Songster
9 Years
Nov 27, 2010
1,702
24
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Northen Va
Whoot whoot, won't be to much longer
And yes, I too was like u
They do take breaks, they work those little beaks, sometimes u see their beaks at the rio, sometimes u don't
I always use a flashlight and then go to bed wake up and babies..whoop whoop

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Never say I didn't give u anything..hehehe..wink wink
 

discodannio

In the Brooder
8 Years
Feb 19, 2011
14
0
22
Arrggh... I have a staff meeting after work today... I'm thinking I'm going to skip it on the grounds of "Paternal leave" or something like that!

DD
 

smchickfarm

Songster
9 Years
Mar 9, 2010
986
4
133
Waynesville,OH
I just hatched some last weekend. My first pip happened Thursday at 4:20pm, that chick did not make any progress or hatch until Friday at 3:00pm! So yes, some do take long breaks and some get in a big hurry to get out
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Good Luck on your hatch
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