Chirping inside shell... question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by 4hchknmama, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. 4hchknmama

    4hchknmama Songster

    Jan 25, 2009
    Monroe, WA
    I have an active little egg. It is moving around a bit and I can hear chirping and a tapping noise even, but, the little peep hasnt pipped yet. Is there any concern that it will run out of air from the air cell? Should I chip a small hole into it to give it air? Any advice would be much appreciated.

  2. I'vegotchickenfever

    I'vegotchickenfever Songster

    Mar 10, 2009
    Northwest Florida
    Ditto...same question.
  3. pefferlawchicken

    pefferlawchicken Songster

    Feb 22, 2009
    ontario, canada
    do not touch, let nature thake its course;)
  4. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Crowing

    Feb 22, 2007
    Morganton, NC
    How long has it been?

    I have a bator just starting to pip. Mine pipped to their aircells about 1:20 last night. The first one actually pipped the shell about 10am.


    Edited because of BAD spelling
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2009
  5. joebryant

    joebryant Crowing

    My small amount of experience has taught me to not mess with an incubator or mother nature. The more YOU try to to help, usually the more damage will occur. Trust your incubator's instructions and hope for the best to happen.
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Quote:Unfortunately, this is the way it is.

    Be patient. Sometimes they hatch. Sometimes they don't.
  7. futurefarmer08

    futurefarmer08 Songster

    Nov 29, 2008
    near Sac. Ca
    They are peeping to let mama know they are coming out. How long have they been trying? What day is it for hatching. Day 19, 20, ? If it takes too long you could try to make a little hole, but usually if they can't break out of their shell it is natures way of saying something is wrong. They are not strong enough to live if they can't break out. However, I have had some that pipped and were no able to break all the way out. I have had to help them. This was done after I let them try for 12-24hours. They need to try to do it themselves. It builds up their muscles for walking standing etc. This is such a hard time to wait and to know when to help and when not to. I have had to sit on my hands and leave the room, house, whatever so I don't interfere. [​IMG] I get so eager to see them and I want to do it for them. They will come out when they are ready. Make sure the humidity is at the proper level. That has been my problem. I think the membrane was dried to their feathers once they pipped, making it too hard to get out. That is why I had to help them. Wishing you well.[​IMG] [​IMG]
  8. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    I have peeps aswell! It's so hard not to open the bator :p
  9. 4hchknmama

    4hchknmama Songster

    Jan 25, 2009
    Monroe, WA
    Thank you for all of the information. I am only on day 21 today, so hopefully the little one will be able to make it out. Thanks for all the well wishes [​IMG]
  10. 4hchknmama

    4hchknmama Songster

    Jan 25, 2009
    Monroe, WA
    Lol! Between my last post and this one, the little one pipped his shell:jumpy. Thanks again everyone!

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