first time hatching

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bing22, Jan 19, 2015.

  1. bing22

    bing22 Hatching

    Jan 19, 2015
    My eggs are in lockdown it's day 20. When I woke up today my humidity was down to 30% I added a little water and it's back up to 60%. I don't see any pippin but swore I heard chirps. Is this possible if they haven't pipped yet? Tia
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome
    Glad you could join the flock! What you have heard is quite normal. The chick will have pipped internally through the membrane and into the air sac. Right now it will be learnng to breathe air for the first time. When the oxygen becomes too low and the c02 too high the chick will make its external pip hole to let more oxygen in. It will do a lot of resting Inbetween all these things too so don't panic if you don't hear any chirping for a while.

    You could add cloths or sponges too keep your humidity up. It's the surface area that creates the humidity and not depth of water.

    Wishing you the very best of luck :fl
  3. StephensonC

    StephensonC Songster

    Oct 14, 2014
    Richmond, Va
    Yes! The chirping is a good sign. That means they have pipped internally, into the air cell and are breathing the air that's in it. They will pip externally next and then will rest for 12-24 hrs. During this time they will also absorb the yolk and blood vessels will recede.

    You might want to get your humidity up a little more. I like to be around 75%. It will go up a little when they start hatching too, so don't be alarmed by that. You could try putting a wet sponge or rag in there to bring it up. Good luck!

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