Chirping but no external pip

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  1. NorthernChick1

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    I have a silkie hen on a clutch of 5. Yesterday was day 21. At 11pm i checked three of them in which two seemed to not have anything (stoped growing/dead) and the third was chirping from inside. Now i read that if they are chirping then it means they broke into the air sac. Ive noticed this at 11pm and its now 10am so its been almost 12hrs and theres no external pip yet .... is this normal???
     
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    I dont want to move my hen to much either... is it safe for me to pick up the eggs and still check them out at this point? (Day 22)
     
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    I wouldn't intervene until it's been over 24 hours. If the hen was concerned she would've broke the chick out.

    It can take up to 24-48 hours after the internal pip for them to make an external pip. I've had one live past 48 hours and I decided to intervene then. It was weak so I gave it electrolytes now it's running happily with it's siblings.

    Waiting will ensure that it's absorbed what it needs to in the shell. Helping too early will risk it either not absorbing all the yolk or having an opening that intestines can come out of.
     
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    It hatched! The first one :) i think she had made the external but i couldnt see it. I didnt pick the eggs up when i wrote this. 20191109_102049.jpg
     
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    Actualy while you are nice enough to answer :) i have two eggs that when i candle them the "air sack" or whatever it is moves. So when i move the egg around the contents move as well. This would signify that they arent good? Are they safe to take out from under her?
     
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    That sounds like they're infertile eggs. Sounds like it's the yolk thats moving. If you can see in it and it's not almost black (the chick) then it's probably infertile or someone just laid it. Could be a quiter too. Usually I can only see a the air sac in my eggs at 21 days the rest is black (the chick).

    And congrats on the cute little fluffy butt :celebrate
     
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    Out of the 5. One hatched. One is still snug in there and didnt peirce the air sac yet (i know this because last night the chick that did i could see its head/beak and it was chirping) and there are 2 that are completly different and the contents move. Like the white/clear and the dark part will flip when i rotate it... ill go take a picture. I dont want to keep it under her if they are no good.
     
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    This is my first time with egg hatching! Its so exiting. Its been 1.5years i got into chickens/ducks. My hubby would be mad if i brought home more chickens but told me if our own hatch then its ok
     
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    Ok...
     
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    I have an incubator and just hatched my first round and I'm on my second. I hatched 21/30. I have another set of 14 due in 15 days.

    I used to watch my grandfather hatch ostriches, he taught me a lot and I still remember everything.
     
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