cheeping in shell but no pipping - how long until dangerous?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by technodoll, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. technodoll

    technodoll Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chicks are due tomorrow, but the bator's been running a bit on the high side during the past 20 days.

    I've been hearing a chick peep from inside an egg since this morning but nothing has pipped yet.

    These silkie eggs have quite a thick, tough shell...

    Could the baby be trapped?

    How long does it have with the air cell before it dies, if it cannot pip the shell? [​IMG]
     
  2. TamiHunter

    TamiHunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have incubated silkie eggs before and sometimes it takes a while....be patient, they are on there way!! [​IMG]
     
  3. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I started hearing mine cheap a full 24 hours before pipping. Sounds like things are on schedule, but I know the waiting is hard. I had to sit on my youngest instead of my hands, he reminded me of the dad in the hospital waiting room from the old black and white movies--minus the smoking. [​IMG]
     
  4. technodoll

    technodoll Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL! [​IMG]

    OK so they are good with the air cell inside the egg for a day before pipping then?

    I don't want the babies to suffocate before reaching fresh air... [​IMG]

    These silkie eggs have really thick shells [​IMG]

    Or maybe I worry too much???

    I want these babies!!!

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  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    They'll be fine. They can cheap the entire day before popping through the shell. Not only did they have the air sac, that shell is permeable to O2 and Co2.
     
  6. technodoll

    technodoll Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I did not know that - wow, thanks for the info!

    This is my 4th incubation and I still feel like a dummy [​IMG]
     
  7. sonjab314

    sonjab314 Constant State of Confusion

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    Maybe I am half deaf but I have never heard any of my chicks peep before they start to zip [​IMG] . I have even been surprised by a chick that hatched on day 18, before I went into lockdown. I'm sure your babies will be just fine. Step back, breath and be patient. Trust the chick to do what its supposed to do [​IMG] .
     
  8. technodoll

    technodoll Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WE HAVE A PIP!!!

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    I'm so relieved [​IMG]
     
  9. sonjab314

    sonjab314 Constant State of Confusion

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    Go chickies go [​IMG]
     
  10. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congrats it wont be too long now at least for you I hope not. I just hatched ducklings, that 1 took almost 2 days from first pip til hatch. I was going crazy wondering if I should help it, but in the end she did it all by herself.
     

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