How can you tell?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bobbi-j, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    I've seen a couple of posts today about chick "internally pipping" and "breaking through the air sac". So I'm wondering, how do you know what's going on inside the egg? I've never been able to see that, and I have incubated several batches over the years. What am I missing?
  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    Haha - I know what you mean. By the time they get to that point the egg is so dark I can never see much of anything either. Probably the people you mention are hearing the chicks peeping and that's how they know they have internally pipped. They can't peep until they've broken into the air sac and started to breathe air so at that point you know they've internally pipped.
  3. chkinut

    chkinut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2010
    Leesburg, Ohio
    thanks! i never knew the answer to that either and didn't even think to ask! why didn't i ask? lol!

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