Just locked down and as I closed the top I got a pip!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by itsy, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. itsy

    itsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is my first incubation....

    I thought lockdown was yesterday, but then thought I made a mistake and that it was really today....

    So I just removed the eggs from the turner and put them on the wire bottom. I hope I didn't do anything wrong! Should I have just left them in the turner unplugged??

    One started pipping right away!!
     
  2. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    You are right to take them out of the turner and just lay the egg on it side. That will work. Enjoy the movie! [​IMG]
     
  3. itsy

    itsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    But will that one pipped one make it?!

    Why would it pip so soon???

    EEk! I'm freaking out!
     
  4. itsy

    itsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh my goodness.... I just heard peeping. [​IMG]
     
  5. Rebel Rooster

    Rebel Rooster I Will Love! :)

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    Just breathe.... In... out... In... out... [​IMG]
     
  6. BigDaddy'sGurl

    BigDaddy'sGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Oh I'm so excited for you!!! No matter how many hatches you have, nothing beats the flutter in your tummy when you hear the first one in the current hatch begin to peep!!! [​IMG]
     
  7. itsy

    itsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rebel... you'd make a good lamaze partner! [​IMG]

    BDG.... Thanks! This is nerve wracking, though. I hope they all make it.
     
  8. BigDaddy'sGurl

    BigDaddy'sGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it's any consolation, I'm hatching too! I had 7 EE eggs in lockdown and now I have two babies drying off and 3 of the remaining eggs are pipped... [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  9. itsy

    itsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh how exciting! Yes, it's good to know I'm not going through this alone [​IMG] I can see why people get hatching buddies.

    What was your pipping to zipping times?

    Hmm.... how long can I keep them in there before moving them to the brooder? I'm afraid that if I get a chick in the morning that it's going to have to wait too long before I get home from work tomorrow.....

    This is exciting!!

    ps... I love EE's. Our two girls are a bit scatterbrained, though. They freak out like I'm going to eat them if I try to pick them up.
     
  10. BigDaddy'sGurl

    BigDaddy'sGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most people say do NOT open the incubator until the hatch is complete...I haven't had a problem with this myself, just make it quick and have a cup of warm water handy to fill up the reservoirs...or in my case, to dampen the paper towel near the eggs before you reclose it. When I got home from work around 12:30 today I had two pipped. The first hatched at around 5:30 pm and the second about an hour ago. Others are beginning to zip.

    This has actually been really quick for me this time! I usually have to wait 12-15 hours at least from pip to zip...

    Glad you're my hatching buddy too! [​IMG]

    These eggs I bought at an auction: the eggs were blue but the chicks are hatching yellow with pink skin and legs, and straight combs? Mixed up bunch I guess, lol!
     

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