Day 21 today. Started pipping yesterday. Need advice please.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by lilredchick, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. lilredchick

    lilredchick Out Of The Brooder

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    This is my first batch. Today is day 21 I have 1 egg that pipped yesterday at around 3pm as of this morning there has been no change. I have another that pipped around 8pm last night and it hasnt progressed either. The third peeped this morning or overnight. How long should I wait before trying to break some of the outer shell? I was thinking about laying some warm paper towels on them to try n keep the moisture up on the ones that have pipped already. I was put up some photos but I've got to figure that part out lol. Help on that would be great too. :)
     
  2. smchickfarm

    smchickfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    first of all, CONGRATS!!! [​IMG]

    Next, it can take 24 hours from pip to hatch!!!!! Be Patient and don't open the bator!! I don't try to help until absolutely the last straw!


    Keep us posted [​IMG]
     
  3. lilredchick

    lilredchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks I'm trying to wait! Lol that's the hard part. I just keep watching and I figure if I can still here them that's a good sign. I went from 3 pipped to 4 I just noticed the other. So we are doing good I think. Today will be 21 for some and tomorrow will be 21 for the others. On one of them I can see the white membrain should it be more translucent or very white?
     
  4. smchickfarm

    smchickfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it being white is ok, can't remember [​IMG]

    What is your humidity right now???????
     
  5. lilredchick

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    The humidity is the one thing that I have had major issues with! Right now it is 52% and I can't get it higher. I put 4 sponges in and 2 cups of water in and that is the highest it has been.
     
  6. KLRA

    KLRA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you sure that your hygrometer is accurate? If so, 52 isn't bad... As soon as they start to hatch it will go up. And I'm guessing your little ones will start zipping at some point today :) mine always take 24 hours... I've only had a couple of eggs that pip and hatch in under 18-24 hours. Little brats like to make us wait!

    As for the membrane, it will look pretty close to white after they chip some of that shell away but it will turn white-white pretty quickly. This doesn't mean anything is wrong. Just wait it out and you should have some chicks today :) good luck!
     
  7. lilredchick

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    :D. Well the first chick is out looks good and healthy!!! 3 more are coming. Question do I need to remove the shell from the incubator? I wish I could get figure the pics out how to get the from my cell phone to post!?
     
  8. smchickfarm

    smchickfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    NO,don't open the bator while they are pipped or hatching, you could shrink wrap them!!!!!!
     
  9. lilredchick

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    How can/would you be able to tell if they've been shrink wrapped?
     
  10. smchickfarm

    smchickfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the membrane will be "shrinkwrapped" the chick. Which means the humidity was low and it dried to the chick. That is why it is important not to open the bator once they have "pipped"
    If you absolutely have , you can use a spray bottle and mist some water in while you open it [​IMG]

    Good Luck! [​IMG]
     

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