heard a peep yesterday, Now I feel it tapping the shell!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by missychicky, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. missychicky

    missychicky Songster

    370
    2
    144
    Jun 10, 2009
    Milwuakie. OR
    I heard my egg peep last night, and this morning I put my hand over the egg and I felt the chick tapping at the shell! So exited! As far as i can tell there are is no pip, is that normal? How long untill the little fuzzbut makes its grand entrance?
     

  2. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Songster

    3,703
    60
    228
    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    Congrats!! That is very exciting!!!

    Now you have to avoid making the mistake I made the first time I incubated. Stop playing with the eggs! lol I know how amazing it feels to feel the little cheeper in there tapping, but once it breaks through the shell you can ruin its chances of getting out of the shell by handling it, or even by having the incubator open.

    Once the shell is broken, even by a little bit, the inner membranes become very vulnerable to drying out. If they dry out, the baby gets stuck in place and can't turn in the shell to break its way out. Unless you help it, which is difficult and dangerous at best, it will die in there. Trust me--I lost one this way in my first hatch because I didn't know better and kept taking them out to hear them tapping.

    What you need to do is put the eggs in the incubator and raise the humidity way high. You can do this by adding rags or sponges wet with warm water. Then close the incubator and don't open it again until the egg hatches. Even though you hear tapping, it may be another 24-36 hours before the first pip and another 24 hours after that before it hatches (longer if it's duck eggs). So don't fret. [​IMG]

    Keeping the humidity up ensures that the membranes don't dry out.

    Good luck, and enjoy! Hatching is the best fun in the world.
     
  3. missychicky

    missychicky Songster

    370
    2
    144
    Jun 10, 2009
    Milwuakie. OR
    I am using the broody method... Is there anything I can do to help my broody hatch the eggs?
     
  4. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

    2,254
    130
    246
    Jun 10, 2010
    Michigan
    You can leave her alone to do it lol Chickens have been hatching eggs way longer than we have been incubating them. Just let her do her thing and it should work out all right.
     
  5. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Songster

    3,703
    60
    228
    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    Oops--sorry. Didn't realize you were using a broody. You can ignore everything I said. Just let the chickie do her job. [​IMG]
     
  6. shadowpaints

    shadowpaints Songster

    Jun 20, 2009
    Rigby, Idaho
    WOOHOOO!! my broody is on day 18! im so excited, i keep going to her nest box to listen LOL you and i are kinda hatch buddies!
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by