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Hatching on 19th day, when to help?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Crippledturkey, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. Crippledturkey

    Crippledturkey Chirping

    Aug 26, 2011
    Poplar Bluff, Mo
    I have several eggs today on their 19th day with pips and they r peeping loudly and has been since 11 o clock lastnight. One has a large dime size hole, the others have just a nick in them. They r chicken eggs. Is it going normal or should I help them, 12 hours seems a long time?? Thank you.

  2. MNShepherdess

    MNShepherdess Chirping

    Jun 11, 2011
    Can you imagine having to break through a brick or concrete wall with your face to be born? ;-) Are the holes getting progressively larger? I'd say if they are making progress, leave them be.
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    If they haven't hatched within 24 hrs after they pip then I will check them out and make sure the chick isn't stuck.
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2011
  4. Ukiah

    Ukiah Chirping

    Nov 15, 2011
    It's going totally normal for your eggs. They are fine.

    After pipping (making a hole in the egg) it can take up to 24 hours for the chick to zip and hatch.

    Please don't think it's normal to help a chick out of their egg. It usually does more damage to the
    chick, and in my own opinion they should only be helped if they are stuck due to a mistake you made.

    (Shrink wrapped, etc)

    Do not open the incubator.
    Set on your hands and wait, they are fine, as of now. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2011
  5. Jferlisi

    Jferlisi i dont eat chicken!!!!

    Nov 2, 2010
    Menifee CA
    Quote:Agreed. Most of my chicks have hatched on day 19 or 20 so thats nothing out of the blue. As stated it can take up to 24 hours to hatch so leave them please.
  6. Peep lePleaser

    Peep lePleaser In the Brooder

    Aug 16, 2011
    Definitely do NOT help unless it goes over 24 hours! And even then check to make absolute sure that there's a problem before you help. Big risk of hurting the chick. AND breaking out on its own helps a chick to gain strength. Its a natural process, usually with very few boo-boos, so just let nature take its course. I KNOW it is so very hard, but it will be worth it for the chicks well-being!

    Good luck!

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