Is it time to help them out of the egg??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by scruggs, May 8, 2009.

  1. scruggs

    scruggs Out Of The Brooder

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    They have been chirping inside the egg for over 24 hours. I came home from work today and 3 of them have broken a hole the size of a dime to a pencil eraser in the shell but haven't gone any further than that in the last 3 hours. Shouldn't they be going all the way around the egg and be out by now?? Should I help now?
     
    Last edited: May 8, 2009
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Any other chicks out?

    how is the humidity?
     
  3. scruggs

    scruggs Out Of The Brooder

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    Humidity is at least 75-85%. I have 7 eggs due today. Nothing is happening with the other 4...I hope they are still alive.
     
  4. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

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    It can take almost a day after pipping to get out of the shell. Give them some more time. [​IMG]
     
  5. scruggs

    scruggs Out Of The Brooder

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    Is pipping when you hear them peeping in the shell or when they make the first hole in the egg?
     
  6. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    if its been 24 hours scince hearing them chirp then they probly need more time they breakinto the air cell befor they pip the outside it can be something like this
    Pip into aircell to pip on the outside 24 hours
    pip on the outside to zipping again can be 24 hours
     
  7. scruggs

    scruggs Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay...I will wait nervously until the morning...maybe they won't keep me on pins and needles.
     
  8. scruggs

    scruggs Out Of The Brooder

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    I went out on the front porch, came back in, and have a new chick!
     
  9. Shanay235

    Shanay235 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Go babies, Go babies, it's your birthday, it's your birthday. [​IMG]
     
  10. scruggs

    scruggs Out Of The Brooder

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    This is one loud little silkie...and the incubator is right beside our bed...going to be an interesting night [​IMG]
     

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