How Long Should It Take To Come Out Of Its Egg Once It Pips?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Pit Bull Farm, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. Pit Bull Farm

    Pit Bull Farm Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 1, 2009
    So I have read several things from an hour to 2 days....... Can someone help with this info please? I have one chicken who hatched this am and the Hen is sitting on the other 2 that pips the shell but have not come out yet. If it takes 2 days I guess my real worry is the little chick that just hatched is not getting food and water during that time. The hen is still with her unhatched eggs and I guess I do not know what to do. Should I take the baby away till the other hatch, help the babies come out (which I do not think is a good idea unless some experienced person say so) or just let nature take it's course (I'm a softy so that's hard for me)

    Any and all advise is welcome this is my first time hatching chicks and we had one a few days ago but that hen is taking care of them.
  2. Paganbird

    Paganbird CrescentWood Farm

    Apr 25, 2009
    Western Pa
    The newly hatched chick doesn't need food or water for a few days. It absorbed the yolk from the egg as it was hatching.
    That is how hatcheries are able to ship day-old chicks across the country.
    Don't worry. The chicks will hatch in their own time & mama hen will know what to do.
  3. Pit Bull Farm

    Pit Bull Farm Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 1, 2009
    THANK YOU! Phew [​IMG] I feel better, I was just worried about the baby not eating. I will sit on my hand and be patient! thanks again!
  4. cw

    cw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2009
    green co.
    at least yours are starting to hatch [​IMG]
    mine are just moving eggs
  5. McGoo

    McGoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    You could put some chick starter and water nearby.. and the little one that's already hatched can try it out. But, the others are right in that it's not really necessary for at least a full day or more.

    ps I let a momma hen hatch out some eggs and she knew just what to do. THey're pretty darn smart. [​IMG]
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I've seen some take 24 hours. pip to zip.
  7. HBuehler

    HBuehler Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2009
    Lebanon TN
    some pip zip and pop [​IMG] others pip, sleep, think about zipping, sleep, zip a little, sleep, zip, think, zip and other words they take their own sweet time 24 hours or so..they are just as healthy and fine as a quick one.
    I put some in lockdown this morning and when I grabbed one egg it said "peep" sure enough it had pipped in the incubator already...8 hours later it has hardly done anything but chat with me.[​IMG] it's not due for a few more days but it's going to be an early bird [​IMG]
  8. Pit Bull Farm

    Pit Bull Farm Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 1, 2009
    Yeah this am I went to candle the bantam eggs because I did not think they were going to hatch and the egg started peeping! Then I noticed the pip. I see the beak on the the other is still a pip. I hope to wake up to more chicks!
  9. Pit Bull Farm

    Pit Bull Farm Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 1, 2009
    So one of the bantams hatched tonight and the other is almost out! YAY in the am I will have my new chicks! thanks guys for all the help!

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