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Internally pipped for 13+ hours, no external pip?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ledbythelamb, May 26, 2016.

  1. ledbythelamb

    ledbythelamb Out Of The Brooder

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    I had 6 shipped Welsummer eggs under a broody hen. Today is day 23. Yesterday morning I candled and 3 were dead. Eggtopsy revealed fully formed with absorbed yolks :/ Then yesterday afternoon two cockerels hatched. One was sticky and I had to rescue it because it was stuck to broody's feathers! Last night I heard peeping in the last egg and tonight it is still peeping but still no external pip. It has been internally pipped for at least 13 hrs.
    How long until I know it needs assistance?
     
  2. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    It can take up to 24 hours (I've even heard longer through other's experiences) for a pip to go from internal to external pip.
     
  3. azjustin

    azjustin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had two external pip on Sunday, and not zip until last night (Wednesday). Kind of interesting because as soon as they were moved into the lowest "last chance for hatching" tray, both of them were out within an hour.

    Definitely not the norm, but sometimes they can be slow to do their thing. I thought for sure they'd have some sort of issues, but fine so far.
     
  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    That is a LONG time!!!! Hard to believe they didn't die.
     
  5. azjustin

    azjustin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That makes two of us! Those really late hatches always seem to end in disaster for us....
     
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  6. ledbythelamb

    ledbythelamb Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks you guys. I did end up having to help it out of its shell. It was fine, yolk fully absorbed. Lively and healthy now :)
     

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