I'm not supposed to intervene until the very last minute, right?

SomeChickinTN

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I've got a bunch of pips, but only one zipped this morning so far. It's been about 8 hrs since I noticed they pipped, so they probably did sometime before I woke up this morning. But none of the others has made any progress. I've been able to see the ones beak for the last 8 or so hours, but the hole is not getting any bigger....
 

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The hole does not get bigger. The chick will start zipping from the pip or make a new pip and zip.

Do leave them alone at this point. They should start zipping within 24 hours of the pip
 

SomeChickinTN

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The hole does not get bigger. The chick will start zipping from the pip or make a new pip and zip.

Do leave them alone at this point. They should start zipping within 24 hours of the pip

Thank you. I didn't do anything. That one zipped out of nowhere, lol. Now waiting on a third to zip. And maybe a 4th
 

SomeChickinTN

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Nice!

That is usually what happens. A lot of things happen between the pip and zip and it can go quit fast at the end

So, it's the end of day 21, and only 3 eggs have no pips. I'm going to leave them in awhile longer. One of the chicks has spraddle leg. I tried to fix it with a bandaid, but only made it harder for the poor chick. Now I can't get the bandaid off because it's one of the super sticky ones...
 

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So, it's the end of day 21, and only 3 eggs have no pips. I'm going to leave them in awhile longer. One of the chicks has spraddle leg. I tried to fix it with a bandaid, but only made it harder for the poor chick. Now I can't get the bandaid off because it's one of the super sticky ones...
Try some goo gone.

I use the straw with a rubber band splint for spraddle leg
 

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