Its happening

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Tony101775, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. Tony101775

    Tony101775 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 25, 2011
    Day 21 and I have some action going on.
    One egg has a hole in it and I can see the chick moving about. (This was about 12 hours ago)
    The other 6, I have nothing as yet?
    There has been no real difference in the obvious live chick since the original hole appereared. Is that ok?
    How long should it take from and obvious hole appearing, movement and chirping occuring, till the actual hatch?
    How long could it take for the others to catch up?
    My temp is 37.5 and the humidity at around 65%
    It is all very exciting and I have been watching for ages, watching nothing if I am honest.
    I did find that if I make a noise on the incubator like a tap or scratch the chuck chirps. Fascinating.

  2. DancingHen

    DancingHen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    Central Oregon Coast
    Congratulations! The first little hole they make is called "pipping." The chick is now breathing air. It has to finish absorbing the yolk sac before it will continue hatching. This can take anywhere from 1 or 2 hours to more than 24 hours. So prepare to be patient. I have had chicks pip and hatch quickly, and have one egg take over 24 hours for the whole process. The other eggs will likely hatch within the same day as the first, but can also be a couple days apart. Usually, for me, the majority of eggs hatch within the same day. The first chick to hatch can easily survive in the incubator for up to 72 hours waiting for the rest to hatch. They can live off the yolk sac they just absorbed for that long. Good luck!
  3. jenlynn4

    jenlynn4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2007
    sometimes I have 1 chick that is ahead of the others too and hatched a full day before the rest even pipped. Just be patient. I know its hard to wait. [​IMG]
  4. Tony101775

    Tony101775 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 25, 2011
    Still nothing on the others.
    Solo, as I have named it, now has a hole about the size of a 5p piece (sorry I dont know the American equivalent) Finger nail size?
    I can plainly see the little tyke moving around and chirping away.
    I am taking pictures as it progresses and even a bit of a video.
    My wife thinks i am a nutter sitting there with my camera filming a chick pecking a shell.
    Mind you I have been up most of the night.
    Well, I am an expectant father?
    Off to watch more.[​IMG]

    Best regards

  5. Tony101775

    Tony101775 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 25, 2011
    One has hatched.
    But it is not the first one?
    This one pipped and was out all inside an hour.
    It was as if it unzipped the egg and climbed out.
    The first one doesnt look the same. It seems to be taking the shell in lumps and it has now been around 18hours.
    It trembles but i think it may be struggling?
    Should i open the incubator and pel the shell?
    Will it harm the one that has just hatched?
    What about the other 5?
    How long to wait before I should intervene?


  6. Impress

    Impress Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2011
    Gray, TN
    Be patient, opening the incubator means you risk shrink wrapping it into its shell, just keep an eye on it, if it is pecking chunks out of the egg, that is a good sign. The equivalent to a 5p in America is a Dime, a ten cent piece. [​IMG]
  7. BigDaddy'sGurl

    BigDaddy'sGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    Wilkesboro NC
    Quote:X2 [​IMG]
  8. Tony101775

    Tony101775 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 25, 2011
    Hi all,

    I have been a bit naughty and helped the little chick along.
    I know I should have been patient but it seemed the little chap was giving up?
    His brother sister seemed to be anxious also, is that possible?
    I swear it was trying to help it as it was pecking at the shell.
    I thought I cant not do anything so I opened the incubator and broke it out of the shell and peeled away the membrane.
    I know this was silly but it did seem to be struggling and the membranr felt pretty thick.

    It has been out a couple of hours now and seems to be thriving.
    It is much bigger that the one that hatched in an hour.
    Could it be that it just never had room to manouvre?

    They are two little ginger nuts.
    I have 5 more to wait on now.

    I may never eat chicken or even an egg again.

    BR Tony
  9. Tony101775

    Tony101775 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 25, 2011
    Here is the little tyke at about 2 hours old. You can see the large pieces of shell I broke away to get him free.

    I have a lovely 1 min vid where it comes up to the glass, he looks like a ginger punk rocker.
    Very cute.



    Last edited: Oct 15, 2011
  10. Tony101775

    Tony101775 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 25, 2011
    Oh my Goodness,

    Whilst writing thhe last post I thought there seems to be a lot of chirping going on.
    Number three has arrived.

    I promise you there wasnt even a pip when I started writing, mind you I did struggle with the photo a bit.
    $ to go.

    I am really hopefull to get all now.


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