cheeping before hatching... when?

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  1. yallapilko

    yallapilko Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi folks, How far along is it possible to hear chicks cheeping before they hatch? I've heard they cheep just before hatching and have heard it on day 16, but not before. I could swear I've just heard them on day 13, but how is it possible unless they've gone into the air sac. None are pipping yet. So, I'm just wondering if I'm imagining things!!!!
     
  2. Top Rooster

    Top Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard mine chirp a week before hatching so I guess it happens
     
  3. yallapilko

    yallapilko Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, I'm not going mad then! Dunno how they do it without oxygen...!
     
  4. Top Rooster

    Top Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Their lil magicians
     
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  5. JaeG

    JaeG Overrun With Chickens

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    You might have some early birds there that have internally pipped already. You could candle and see. As long as there are no external pips you can do a quick candle. You will also hear them tapping away in there and some are so active you can feel them when you hold the egg. Good luck with your hatch!
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I wouldn't think they could cheep until they were internally pipped...but maybe they can?!
     
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  7. yallapilko

    yallapilko Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are lil magicians Top Rooster. I learn something every time I incubate.
    I'm reluctant to open and move the eggs Aart as I've got a full house of 60, and they are tightly packed in there, I'm afraid if I remove one I'll never get it back in!
     

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