How long from internal pip to external?!

abanjaf

Songster
10 Years
Mar 17, 2009
368
7
133
Cocoa, Florida
I woke up at 2am to the sounds of chirping, but I see no pips:( How much longer do I have to wait on the little guy before he decides to make an entrance? On pins and needles, checking the bator every few minutes through the glass (just to make sure I didn't miss anything!).

Thanks!
 

happyhensny

Brown Barns Farm
11 Years
Sep 23, 2008
2,939
18
221
near Albany, New York
We've had 4 hatch since we saw the first pip yesterday at around 1 pm.

Pip at 1 pm hatch around 5:15am

Pip at 5:15 pm hatch at 1 am

Pip at 6:30 pm hatch at 5:45 am

Pip at 1:30 am hatch at 8 am

So, from pip to hatch has been anywhere from 6 1/2 to 15 hrs or so.
 

lemurchaser

Songster
11 Years
Apr 11, 2008
938
12
151
Corvallis, OR
It's often 24 hours from internal to external pip. If I don't have others pipped and I know its been over 24 hours, I put a small hole in the top of the egg to give them some air. Then at the end, I'll help them if they are alive and haven't hatched. I only help ones towards the end of the hatch, and only will open the bator if there are no chicks pipped or hatching.
 

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