This is my 1st ever attempt at hatching and I know nothing!
So I have a pip or a peck spot in one of the eggs this am. How long in general does it take for a chick to hatch out?
When is a time to intervene?
Hi. it dpends really. some hatching a hour or 2 and some love to take there sweet time. Mt ducks have been there shell 2 days after there hatch date. my buff orps took about 9 hours or more and the silkies took about 30 minutes to and a hour and a 1/2.
Someone very near and dear to my heart gave me this gentle reminder regarding incubating eggs...
"Keep your grubby mitts OFF of them!"
It's hard to watch them struggling, but they can do it. I had a small pip in one egg at 11am, and the chick didn't fully zip until 8:30am the following morning. You don't want to open the incubator/hatcher, because the humidity will drop, making the membranes stick to the chick.
Now, having said that, we did have one chick that busted out, but the shell WAS stuck to the chick, and I had to finally help loosen it from the fuzz. But sometimes they pip, then don't do anything for a while... they just gather strength to get out. It's nerve wracking, but suck a wonderful thing.
The same person that gave me the reminder also said that he tries to be gone when the chicks are due so that he won't be tempted to help.
Yup Listen to birdbrain........some have helped and lost the chick...........there is good reason it takes them so long.mine took almost 24 hours pip to hatch...........good luck.......get rest while you can
It's called Patience for a reason.... Step away from the bator... They know what they are doing...resting and breathing and it takes work to do both!!......I've never had to help a chick get out of its shell....can take up to 24 hours or more from a pip to zipping out....
I used to be way more tempted to open it up, but my hatch rates have improved dramatically (most of the time) if I set on my hands and let them do it on their own. All but one or two of the ones I helped out ended up dying anyway....there's usually a reason they can't make it out.
SO I have several in my bator.. Yesterday was day 22. I have 3 out. SO When do I give up on the other eggs? How many days past 21 is too long? Now, granted that I'm sure they were not all collected on the same day.
Also, How long do I leave the hatched chicks in the bator before transferring them to the brooder?