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Do chicks who pip at the other side of the egg (bottom) do fine getting out?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by beneduck14, Jan 12, 2017.

  1. beneduck14

    beneduck14 Chirping

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    Several of my eggs have been knocked around by one chick and i've noticed how some had pipped on the other side, which was originally the side facing up before it got rolled.

    Do they do fine like that?
     

  2. silkie1472

    silkie1472 Chirping

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    I am not quite sure what you are saying. Are the eggs pipping on the rather pointy side of the egg? While incubating, was the pointy end facing up or the blunt end?
     
  3. beneduck14

    beneduck14 Chirping

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    The eggs are pipping in the right spot it's just that one of the chicks knocked them over so that the pipped side is now facing downwards :)
     
  4. silkie1472

    silkie1472 Chirping

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    Oh, sorry. They can still hatch if the pip is faced down, but I usually turn the pips face up to help prevent them from catching on anything. It's just a little harder for them to push through the shell when it's faced down.
     
  5. beneduck14

    beneduck14 Chirping

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    Hmm that's what I was thinking, should I open the incubator really quick to flip them over
     
  6. Shezadandy

    Shezadandy Songster

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    Personally I would, but I also remove my chicks after they start playing soccer and put them under a MHP (momma heating pad) to dry and cuddle up- then the rest of the eggs can be quickly returned to their positions. Others don't open the incubator for any reason, ever, after lockdown and have things turn out OK too.

    Not sure if broody hens work actively to keep the pips upright- too dark under there to know for sure.
     
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2017
  7. beneduck14

    beneduck14 Chirping

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    Any heating pad would work right?
     

  8. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Sing Brightly Premium Member Project Manager

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    Just make sure it does not have an auto shut off.
     
  9. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Songster

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    Question for those using a heating pad in the brooder. How do you keep it clean in with chicks. Burying it in chips or straw? I thought of encasing it in a plastic bag but don't think that would be good to put in which chicks. That's the reason I'm hesitating using it so far.
     
  10. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Sing Brightly Premium Member Project Manager

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    Me, I just throw the cover in the washer when it gets dirty...
     

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