chicks piped last night

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickie mom3, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. chickie mom3

    chickie mom3 New Egg

    Feb 28, 2009
    :(HELP, we made a homemade incubator and the eggs started to pip last night (first one broke throught the shell at 4:40 pm). That first chick made the pip hole on the bottom side of the egg not on the top. The egg is not laying on the hole, its on the bottom side. Is this reason for concern? Should I rotate the egg? The other's are pipping on the top and look fine. It's now 7:30 am and the first little guy has not made any further progress.
  2. pdsavage

    pdsavage Sussex Monarch

    Mar 27, 2008
    I was told dont open the bator and it takes em up 24 hours to hatch out of there shell.....
  3. Hens_And_Chicks

    Hens_And_Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    I had an egg pip on the "bottom"

    They will figure it out just fine - they get to rockin and rollin and they'll get out and yes, leave the bator closed, don't help them.

    It does take at least 12 hours or more for them to pip out.
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Patience, he should be okay, he will rock as he zips his way around the egg. Opening the bator can ruin the pips and dry them out.
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2009
  5. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2008
    Portage County, Ohio
    HEY! Poking that hole was a lot of work!! That tiny little thing needs a rest!! Bet you didn't work that hard when you were an iddy biddy liddle thing!! [​IMG]

    hehe,,, seriously, they usually pip, then take a nap, then make it a little bigger, and then another break, and so on. Don't mess with em, if you open the bater the membranes dry out in seconds, and then gets more leathery and that's REALLY hard to tear. They're still absorbing yolk, and getting stronger from the rest-work, rest-work, rest thing.

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