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Eggs just started piping, how long until they fully hatch?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by NCIndiaBlue, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. NCIndiaBlue

    NCIndiaBlue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2009
    I heard chirping coming from my incubator today and went to check it out. I saw that 3 of the eggs had little cracks/holes from the chicks.. I guess that's called piping? Anyway... how long from when they start piping should it take them to hatch? [​IMG]

    Thanks a bunch!
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Give them 24 to 48 hours.
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    It can take 24+ hours or they can be out in an hour. Just sit on your hands and leave the lid shut!! [​IMG]
    chippy99th likes this.
  4. Jamie821

    Jamie821 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 26, 2008
    Niota, Tennessee
    ditto do not open bator. They still have absorbing to do and they will zip and hatch when that is finished. They know when they are ready.
  5. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

    Mar 3, 2008
    It will take as long as it takes. [​IMG] I've had some that pipped and hatched overnight, others that took 3 days. Just leave them be... [​IMG]
  6. mrandmrschicken

    mrandmrschicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2008
    NW IA
    GTguy; zipping is when they crack the shell around the egg and make it like a cap to pop out of. Lots of folks don't know that. I didn't til a few months ago.
    Sounds like they are doing what they are supposed to do. They will be out before you know it. Keep the lid on the bator!
  7. NCIndiaBlue

    NCIndiaBlue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2009
    Thanks everybody for the great responses, I really appreciate it.

    They ended up hatching during the night, so I woke up this morning to find 3 new baby chicks. I moved them to the brooder, dipped their beaks in the water (which I have rocks in the waterer so that they do not drown, but they can access the water). They were mainly still sleeping/resting when I had to leave for work, so I hope that they will be ok today and learn to drink/eat. [​IMG]
  8. Onespirit03

    Onespirit03 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 23, 2013
    Jacksonville, FL
    This is helpful, I had one that piped last night, I was concerned because nothing has happened since then (12 hrs). I thought my chick quit on me. Today is day 20 and I am checking for peep sounds, movement, zipping, something today. The waiting is torment.
  9. DuckiesRMyThing

    DuckiesRMyThing Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2014
    what about ducks????? mine pipped at night, I don't kow when tho, it is now 10:15 and no progresss, just a tiny outwards dent. [​IMG]
  10. Disturbed742

    Disturbed742 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 18, 2014
    My chick started moving and piped inside its shell but it didn't brake through the shell yet its been 14h's should I be worried and should I still hold out for the full 48h's i'm now in day 22 and having concerns because at 7pm it stopped moving I rechecked at 10pm I heard a chirp so I left him be.
    At 7am no movement or chirping from the egg what can be done at this point ?

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