Do You Always Hear Peeping?

peepinglaura

Songster
10 Years
Mar 9, 2009
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My hen is on day 21 on her now small clutch- nary a peep to be heard.

Do they always peep before pipping? What does the hen begin to do if pipping occurs? Does she stay sitting on them, or get off and stare at them? Is there any change in hen behaviour I should look for at or around hatch?

Thanks,

Laura
 

chickenlove2009

Songster
10 Years
Feb 5, 2009
217
1
119
Woodlawn, Tn
just let the hen do her job as mother.

yes all peep

do not start worring until day 23-25.

reactions vary whith hens most remain seated on them to keep the others warm. If the chicks need help she should help them.

hope that helps
 

I'vegotchickenfever

Songster
10 Years
Mar 10, 2009
219
0
119
Northwest Florida
yes all peep

that doesn't bode well for me. I don't think there's enough peeping coming outta my 36 eggs.


do not start worring until day 23-25

Good advice...I'll try that considering this is the beginning of day 21.​
 

peepinglaura

Songster
10 Years
Mar 9, 2009
299
1
131
[quote=chickenlove2009

do not start worring until day 23-25.


Oops, too late!!

Thanks for all the info,

Laura
 

Farm Frenzy

Songster
11 Years
Dec 16, 2008
527
3
141
Oak Hill, Florida
Sometimes you can't always hear them. i know that I have had some pip without peeping. It all really depends on the chick. Some don't shut up...EVER, and then some are really quiet. Only time will tell.
 

Chickapooh23

Songster
10 Years
Jan 31, 2009
353
1
129
Corning OH
I have had chicks hatch without hearing a peep. You may not be there when they do peep. Let the hen do her thing and it will be OK.
 

Akane

Crowing
11 Years
Jun 15, 2008
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51
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No. I have had near silent hatches. Until one is out and lonely or one gets stuck in it's egg and can't finish hatching not a peep was heard. I've never heard a chick peep in the shell before pipping and rarely before zipping. The quail are much worse though. Sometimes you don't hear a thing until there are 6 or more of them out.
 

peepinglaura

Songster
10 Years
Mar 9, 2009
299
1
131
That's very good to know! I know that I have zero control over the events from here on out, but I do want my sweet broody to get a baby for all her hard work! I had decided that if the hen hatching fails, I'd get her a couple of baby chicks. However, none of our feed stores seem to carry chicks any longer, except for offering mail order. I'll give her a few more days, unless she gives up first.

Thanks again all!!

Laura
 

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