*Help* First pip nearly 12 hrs ago

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Blondi, Jan 18, 2015.

  1. Blondi

    Blondi Out Of The Brooder

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    Help Please-
    I had my first pip this morning chick is still moving a bit a peeping but the whole hasn't gotten any bigger how long until they make the hole larger or "zip"
     
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2015
  2. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    It can take up to 24 hours. My average pip to zip time on my last hatch was 16-18 hours, some earlier, some later. Out of the 13 that hatched I don't think any of them zipped before 12 hours.
     
  3. Blondi

    Blondi Out Of The Brooder

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    THANK YOU! Geez this is so hard! I did a no no and opened the bator but just to add water humidity is at 72% now though
     
  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I open my bator when I need to. I also shoot for 75% humidity so if and when I have to my humidity has some leeway and still remains well above the recommended percentage. I use sponges in my bator at lockdown so when I need to boost the humidity all i have to do is crack it open and slip out the sponge and then crack it again to slip the sponge back in. Works real well for me. :)

    The waiting between pip to zip is the absolute hardest...lol. Just keep an eye on the color of the membrane (yellowish/brown change in color not a good sign, means the membranes are drying out and could "stick the chick",) and as long as the chick isn't malpositioned I wouldn't worry about much until it's been closer to 24 hours.
     

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