Internal/External Pip

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Rhys1377, Jan 22, 2015.

  1. Rhys1377

    Rhys1377 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey guys
    So I'm abit confused on what internal and external pip's are, how do they work? What to they mean? And what do they even look like?
    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Internal pip: Chick has moved into final hatching position and has pierced into the air cell with it's beak. You may hear the chick chirping inside the egg. If you were to candle the egg at this time, you'd be likely to see the chick's beak inside the air cell. I don't advise candling after the eggs go into lock down, but occasionally, they do the internal pip before lock down. External pip: Chick has broken a hole through the egg shell. It may show as only a crack, and may even be located on the underside of the egg. You may see the eggs rocking at either stage. Sally Sunshine has some excellent articles on the physiology of the hatching egg. Truly fascinating stuff.
     
  3. Rhys1377

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    Awesome thank you so much!
     

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