Eggs Pipping on Sides?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by RattleCan, Dec 11, 2015.

  1. RattleCan

    RattleCan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have nine eggs in the incubator due to hatch tomorrow, and two of them have already pipped as of this morning (24 hours early). I thought eggs were supposed to pip on the top of the egg, but these two have pipped on the side. The only time I've seen eggs pip on the sides or bottom was when an early-hatched chick knocked them around in the incubator but these eggs haven't been disturbed since lockdown.

    Any idea why they might be pipping on their sides instead of on the top? I'm supposed to turn them with the pip facing up, correct? Or should I leave them as is?
     
  2. mirandaleecon

    mirandaleecon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine typically will pip at the lowest portion of the air cell. So the air cells may just be facing the side, maybe happened the last time you turned/candled them you placed them that way. It's no big deal, they will hatch fine if they pipped on the side. Once one gets out, it will knock them around anyways.

    So, no, don't turn them now! This is when they are most vulnerable to shrink wrapping, so leave the incubator closed! You will have new chickies soon!
     
  3. southernhusky

    southernhusky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know some ppl marked the approximate(lowest part of the air cell) when candling and removing from turner at lockdown to put them on their sides. Its a great time to candle for me and then I inspect eggs more carefully & then after they get rolled around cause from newly hatched I know where to look for pips and if they are still in "ideal pipping position"

    Good luck with your hatch!
     
  4. Sally Sunshine

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  5. RattleCan

    RattleCan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was aware the some people marked the edges of the aircell to keep track of it, I suppose that certainly would explain why! So the two that did pip somewhere on the side of the egg likely did so because that's where the lowest point of their aircell was. I guess there's not much I can do about it now since I don't want to disturb the hatching eggs, but I'll definitely keep this in mind for the next hatch. Thank you everyone!

    Now the next question, what's the best way to get dried gunk off of a chick's back? Today is the actual hatch date, three have already hatched and at least two more have pipped. I moved the three that had already hatched to their brooder as they were rolling eggs every which way, but one of the three had hatched overnight so I didn't see all the gunk on him before he started drying. Now it's pretty well encrusted to his back and the other two nip at it and bother him whenever they see it and his feathers can't fluff up. Any advice for cleaning him up?
     
  6. southernhusky

    southernhusky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had one like that I had to assist. I just used baby toenail clippers to clip away the egg as much as i could being sure I was under the egg and above skin. a piece stuck on but came off eventually, it was near the tummy though so no one was messing with it.
     
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2015
  7. Sally Sunshine

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    I actually just run a small bitty stream of warm water in the sink and wash them off and not getting their head and then fluff them up with a towel gentle and then in the brooder they go under the lamp!
     

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