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Eggs Hatching

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by horseliver928, Apr 15, 2016.

  1. horseliver928

    horseliver928 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have eggs that are starting to hatch. How long does it normally take for them to completely hatch? I have one that keeps on shaking but has a little crack in it. Should I help it or let it hatch a little bit more before I help it? This is my first time hatching eggs
     
  2. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The first little crack is a pip. Sometimes they take a break.

    It could be a few minutes to several hours. Before it starts to zip.

    Zipping should be quick no more than a hour til it's hatched.

    How long has it had the crack?
     
  3. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    It can take up to a whole 24 hours between the first pip and the actual zip or it could only take a few. I don't interfere for at least 18 hours. If you try to assist before the egg's vascular system is shut down you can cause a perfectly healthy chick to bleed out. You also don't know if the yolk is fully absorbed. The decision to help is a hard one, but shouldn't be acted upon too soon.
     
  4. horseliver928

    horseliver928 Out Of The Brooder

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    The zipping has started on one egg and I helped it a little. I first noticed the pip around 3
     
  5. horseliver928

    horseliver928 Out Of The Brooder

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    I wanted to update everyone on my chicks. The two cracked eggs have successfully hatched. One with my help and one by its self!
     

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