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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by esther1uk, Aug 23, 2016.

  1. esther1uk

    esther1uk Hatching

    Jun 20, 2015
    Hi there!

    Just a bit of advice really. I have four Brahma chicks in an incubater. Today is day 22. Yesterday all four pipped externally, and when I went to bed last night each of the four had a moving beak stuck out of the pip hole. I was expecting to wake up this morning with at least one zipped chick.Instead, everything is exactly the same as yesterday. Four eggs with four beaks stuck through the holes. There appears to be no distress, but neither do any of them seem in a hurry to get on with things. It is nearly 24 hours since the appearance of the external pips, should I be worried?


  2. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Free Ranging

    May 4, 2016
    Somewhere in the Universe
    Not yet. Give them a couple more hours, and if there is no progress or peeping, peel off some shell and note the color of the membrane underneath. If it looking dehydrated, you might want to peel off most of the shell and put a little water on the membrane.
  3. esther1uk

    esther1uk Hatching

    Jun 20, 2015
    Will do!

    Many thanks, that's great
  4. Yorkshire Coop

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    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
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