How long should they pip? Help!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Cherokeerainbow, Sep 4, 2009.

  1. Cherokeerainbow

    Cherokeerainbow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Found 2 eggs at 5am (est) with small cracks (pips) and lots of cheeping! YEA!
    One was hatched when I returned home at 9:30 am, one is still rocking and peeping but hasn't made much progress in getting out...
    Should I help a bit??? or Wait a while and let her do it????
    Help! Thanks!!



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    My 3rd egg hasn't shown signs yet...I'm going to wait though, could be slow bloomer! [​IMG]
     
  2. Cherokeerainbow

    Cherokeerainbow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OMG...she's crying and crying! Lonely lil chick! I placed the (hopefully) soon to hatch egg in there with her so they can talk....
     
  3. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    Eggs can take 24 hours just to pip until zip. Unless it doesn't start zipping at 5am i would consider helping. Patience is the key.
     
  4. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, four hours is not very long--give it at least 24, maybe 48 hours. If there is ABSOLUTELY no progress at that point, then you can consider helping.

    When you say you placed the other egg "in there" with her, I hope you don't mean you put it in the brooder?? The egg needs the consistent warmth and the HUMIDITY of the incubator--it will dry out and be unable to free itself from the egg if the humidity drops. If you have taken it out, mist it with warm water and get it back in the incubator ASAP. But maybe I misunderstood...

    Anyway, good luck!
     
  5. Riven

    Riven Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Helping too early causes problems! Isn't it terrible?! They make us wait!

    Chicks in the same clutch can hatch 3 or so day apart even, so be patient!
     
  6. 2txmedics

    2txmedics Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you have to remember, its a tiny newborn...not very much strength and it gets tired working to get out of a shell ...it can be hard work...It will pip, and pip...move...and then you might see it stop...no movement, and no sounds...I know it can be scary...but its resting.

    Good luck and CONGRATS!!!!
     
  7. Cherokeerainbow

    Cherokeerainbow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes...I did put him/her back in the Bator...

    Baby has a pinky size hole all the way thru so far, and I can see baby's beak and watch chirp too.
     
  8. Cherokeerainbow

    Cherokeerainbow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Baby made it out! [​IMG]
    whew...finally.
    I placed baby back in the brooder (this time to stay) with the one other chick. Glad baby isn't alone anymore.
    Third egg shows no signs yet... I'll just wait...[​IMG]
    Other 9 (seremas) are due this Wend... [​IMG] Fixing up a different brooder for that group too.
    Thanks all for your help and support!!!
    Everyone is awesome peeps!
     
  9. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Congrats!
     
  10. Rebel Rooster

    Rebel Rooster I Will Love! :)

    Jun 29, 2009
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    [​IMG] Good job! Waiting is tough isn't it!! [​IMG] But... if you hatch enough of em, you will have to help some out on occasion. Sometimes the chick will grow too large inside the egg and won't be able to move around enough to "Unzip" the egg. They will die if you don't help them out when this happens... So.. we all know how you feel! [​IMG]
     

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