Can I take the hatching egg?

Chicksnmind

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Today I found the first of our 5 eggs hatched and little dark chick. I took the first chick in the house and put it under the heat lamp since two of the eggs were laid a couple days later. So I checked tonight and a 2nd egg is hatching.

Can I take the hatching egg and bring it inside to watch it hatch or does it need to stay under my silkie while it hatches?

The pictures are of the first baby chick.
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Feather Hearts

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Oct 4, 2016
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Today I found the first of our 5 eggs hatched and little dark chick. I took the first chick in and out it under the heat lamp since two of the eggs were laid a couple days later. So I checked tonight and a 2nd egg is hatching.

Can I take the hatching egg and bring it inside to watch it hatch or does it need to stay under my silkie while it hatches?

The pictures are of the first baby chick.
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I often take hatching eggs from under broodies to watch them hatch. But only in the very final stages of hatching, like, the last little bit of unzipping. It has never hurt any of the chicks/ducklings, and my young siblings love watching the little ones make their entrance into this world!
 

Feather Hearts

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How long do they usually take? There are a couple of cracks and I saw the tip of it beak poking the egg.

First the chick pips, and then it begins to 'unzip'. It will make a crack the entire way around the top of the egg and then push out. Can you post a picture of the egg? I'll be able to make an estimate as to how long it will be before the little one hatches. GTG, I have to go check on my ducklings :)
 

Chicksnmind

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Feb 16, 2018
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Central Florida
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First the chick pips, and then it begins to 'unzip'. It will make a crack the entire way around the top of the egg and then push out. Can you post a picture of the egg? I'll be able to make an estimate as to how long it will be before the little one hatches. GTG, I have to go check on my ducklings :)

I think in the beginning stages? It’s chirping
 

Feather Hearts

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I think in the beginning stages? It’s chirping
It has begun to unzip, unless you have an up and running incubator, it is not advisable to take the egg at this stage. Check back in 20 minutes or so and see. That's a good beginning of an unzip, so within the hour it should be out. Patience is key at this point. Good luck! I have eggs due to hatch on the 14th, and the wait is killing me!
 

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