How To Place Eggs And Where To Pip???!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Rbl4life, May 14, 2011.

  1. Rbl4life

    Rbl4life Chirping

    Apr 30, 2011
    I have seen in here manytimes that the large end of the egg should always be higher than the smaller end. Why is that, and how important is it? One more question, where should the baby first pip? is there a specific spot?

  2. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

    Nov 13, 2008
    Colorado Springs, Co
    The big end usually has the air sac and is the side they will pip. If the big end is down the chick may drown while pipping. They usually pip about a quarter to a third of the way down from the big end....
  3. flowerhippie

    flowerhippie In the Brooder

    May 13, 2011
    When incubation begins with the fertile egg there needs to be constant moisture, the humidity needs to be around 83-88 F. Depending on the type of eggs the level of the humidity should be maintained until the last 3 days before hatching, and then should be increased to 90-95 F. During the incubation period ( 19) days, eggs should lose about half of there original weight through evaporation. While the eggs are incubating they should be turned at least 4 times a day. the mother does this to prevent sticking to the shell membrane. If the eggs are set on there ends they should be slanted about 30 degrees. If they lie flat in a tray ect, they should be turned from one side to the opposite in other words 180 degrees. One method of making sure the eggs are turned is to put a X on one side and a O on the other, in pencil. when turning the egg on the 18th day of for chicken eggs or 3 days prior to hatching of all other species. normally eggs are candled 3 days prior to hatching, the chick should come out o.k. because the humidity that is maintained for the entire incubation period will have naturally rotated the chick into the air space that is needed for it to have oxygen the egg is natural to change it's venting space. This is why humidity is important, if you are using a incubator ventilation is very important or the chick will suffocate, and or stick to the egg membrane and not pip in the natural place. you should not worry if or where your chick pips because this will vary with each individual chick no two are alike. Hope you have fun with being a mommy when you are incubating your eggs.
  4. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:Humidity is registered in percentages not degrees. Incubation period is day 18-21, not 19. Chicks do not suffocate, they either drown or die from not enough humidity. Some of what you said is valid. Most is not. Bad information (probably quoted from a google search) is NOT helpful.

  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Free Ranging 7 Years

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Rbl check out this link, it is the sticky at the top of the incubation and hatching index, with a little searching it should answer all your questions [​IMG]

    When eggs lay on their sides, such as in an incubator without turners, they naturally lay with the large end a little higher. And I turn mine twice daily, as I am gone to work during the day, and have not yet had a chick stick to the side.
  6. Rbl4life

    Rbl4life Chirping

    Apr 30, 2011
    thanks for all the help!!

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