First Time Incubating Pea Eggs

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by Chicken Keith, Jun 22, 2017.

  1. Eggs have pipped in the pointy "breech" egg end. Been pipped for 24-36 hours, and no unzipping, yet. Hear a little chirping but I can see the beak moving to assure life is there. I'm using a Brinsea Octagon 20. Auto humidity control feature is constant at 53%.

    Is it normal for peas to wait more than 36 hours to "unzip?" For chickens, which I've hatched countless times, they pip, then 24 hours later they usually unzip. I really do not want to play mother nature and remove the chick from the shell, but if we're at 48 hours after pip and no emergence, then I may intervene.

    Intervene until the first hit of blood, then stop immediately, I know.
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  2. Sounds like you know what you are doing. The breech types usually need some help although I had two this year that hatched
    without any help.
  3. Thank you for your confidence in me.:D I vowed I wouldn't help until Day 29 if the chick was still alive. This morning, it was still peeping, so I did my homemade natal surgery and helped the chick out of it's shell, and it is living. There was no bleeding at any time and the stomach had fully absorbed the yolk. In fact there is material inside the shell that resembles fecal matter but I'm not sure. There is another chick peeping as well, had pipped maybe 36 hours ago. my main curiosity was do peas, as a species, hatch differently from chickens. Seems maybe not.
  4. I say not also. The toes on assisted hatches seem to be curled in most cases, if they don't flatten out within a day I tape them flat.
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  5. Yes, excellent idea. I saw that somewhere on this site. I have not really had to do this yet--its feet curled for the first 4 hours or so the started to flatten out. The chick's little beak seems slightly curved but not a danger to its health I think. When the chick curls into position to hatch with the head rotated pretty much 270 degrees under its wing then you got the curvature of the inside of the shell, little guy is about to be named "Sideways." My step grandson insists on Chase, (from Paw Patrol) so I guess Chase it is.:woot

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