How long shall I wait for chicks to hatch after pipping,sat under mum

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Rexton Farm, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. Rexton Farm

    Rexton Farm Hatching

    Sep 12, 2011
    HELP!!! My Maran is on day 21 od sitting on her 4 eggs, I have noticed that one has pipped this morning when lifting her off for her food and water ( if I don't she doesn't move!!) [​IMG] How long can it stay there before hatching without help please? Or if I help will she then ignore the eggs? Thanks Jo

  2. chics in the sun

    chics in the sun Songster

    Apr 1, 2010
    Please don't take her off the eggs anymore. They are supposed to stay on there 24 hrs a day while the eggs are hatching. And the hatching can take up to an entire day to finish. Leave her be, and she'll know what to do!
  3. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Could take a day or two. Don't move her off the nest any more. They normally don't get off the nest that late in the game.

    Not sure how she will take you helping. I mostly incubate.
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging 7 Years

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I've never heard of one starving themselves to death just to brood.
    Taking her off the nest probably has delayed to hatch.
    Just forget them and let nature take its course.

    Mine usually only come off the nest in the afternoon and usually only once.
    If it's hot they may stay off an hour or 2 if not they dump, eat, drink, stretch a little and right back on.
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2011

  5. heatherkh

    heatherkh Chirping

    Jul 21, 2011
    Clackamas, Oregon
    Quote:Exactly what my broody does. Yesterday (hatch day) was 95+ and super humid. She popped off the next once to get a drink but went right back on. My strategy at this point is the less I still my nose in the better. Whatever will be, will be. We've been hatching since yesterday morning, and this morning there was another one just hatched. I've read it can take up to two days or so.

    Good luck to you and your momma!
  6. Rexton Farm

    Rexton Farm Hatching

    Sep 12, 2011
    Thanks everyone for your replies [​IMG] We have had one chick hatch so far and there are 3 eggs left unhatched. Will give it a couple more days and if they have not pipped remove them. Hopefully it won't be an only child!!!
    Mother is such a friendly hen and eats from our hands when we visit/ top up food & water etc.. The 1st egg hatch on day 21 so moving her daily to feed etc did not delay the hatch ! Our local breeder of organic/free range hens said she will become weak if not taken off once a day for 10 mins to eat, stretch and poop! So far so good [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2011
  7. mstricer

    mstricer Crowing

    Feb 12, 2009
    Quote:I don't understand why everyone takes their hens off the nest to eat. They know what is up and won't die without eating or drinking or pooping. Chickens have been hatching chicks along time without intervention from people. You will risk the whole hatch that way. My Spitzenhauben sat for 21, did not get off the nest once, I took food and water even her favorite treats, still she did not take. I never once removed her she produced 4 out of 5. I hope the one egg that pipped hatches without being shrink wrapped. Good Luck Michele

  8. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Songster

    Feb 4, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    I bet she sneaked off when you weren't looking as I seriously doubt a chicken could survive 21 days without a single sip of water...
  9. Rexton Farm

    Rexton Farm Hatching

    Sep 12, 2011
    golden feather member- thanks for your input, however chick has hatched and mum and baby are fine!

  10. jonny 123

    jonny 123 Hatching

    Apr 5, 2012
    Help its been 8 hours sense my 2 eggs pipped and they aren't doing anything else but moving
    1. should they be peeping
    2. is there enough hummidity (i don't have a meter)
    3. how long will it be

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