chicks pipping

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by RockinChickenFarm, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. RockinChickenFarm

    RockinChickenFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a pullet sitting on 9 eggs and today is day 21!! Three eggs have little holes in them and I can hear peeping! We have never had eggs hatch before and have a few questions. Is it okay to touch the eggs? If the chick has trouble hatching, is it okay to try to help it or should we just leave them alone? How long does it usually take the chick to hatch? Do I need to separate the mama and eggs from the rest of the flock? Does anyone have any advice? Things we SHOULD DO and things we SHOULD NOT DO??

    Any advice is welcome and would be VERY helpful. Thank you for your help![​IMG]
     
  2. RockinChickenFarm

    RockinChickenFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    One chick has hatched!! We noticed the pips around 5pm this evening. Do we just let them go until they hatch, if they do? Or do we need to help them after a certain amount of time?
     
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Some can hatch in minutes and others can take up to around 24 hrs to hatch after they have pipped. Don't worry.
     
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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  5. RockinChickenFarm

    RockinChickenFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks cmom!! A friend told me I had to get them out of the egg soon and I didn't know if that was right or not. thanks for the reply and welcome!!
     
  6. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    I would leave them alone until you see her done. Just like an incubator, they need humidity provided by mum. When you lift her up, its like opening the bator.
    STEP AWAY FROM THE HEN!!!!!! [​IMG]
     
  7. NottinghamChicks

    NottinghamChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi and welcome! Leave the chicks to their own adventure. Hatching can be tough work and many times will take up to or more than 24hrs. There are too many things that could go wrong if you try to help them out. Nature is amazing but not perfect.

    I always leave my broody in the coop with everyone so there are no issues with reintergration. I give my broody a small dog crate and they get locked up at night so they do not wander out and underneath the big hens jumping off their perch. Each morning after the big girls head out I open up the door for momma and her chicks. works really well to keep the babies safe. I also keep a bowl of medicated chick starter in there for them.

    Hope this helps [​IMG]
     
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  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I like that idea of using a dog crate...
     
  9. RockinChickenFarm

    RockinChickenFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the advice. So far two have hatched and things are going welll!
     
  10. 1hotmoma

    1hotmoma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Congrats! I hope we can see pictures soon. [​IMG]
     

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