Lots of pips, no hatching

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by williamsl77, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. williamsl77

    williamsl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Day #21, I've had 5/9 eggs pip today, but no zipping or hatching. I kept humidity low on this set of eggs during incubation, trying out dry incubation. Have kept humidity around 20-30% for days 1-19. For lockdown, have kept humidity around 65%. These eggs have been pipped since this morning. Have not opened lid. My last hatch, the first one to pip was shrink wrapped by the next morning (although still alive, I helped it, and now it's a good looking little chick).

    Just wondering if I should be worried about this. I know it can take a while to pip, zip and hatch.
     
  2. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Should have some chicks by morning.
     
  3. henney penny

    henney penny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I`ve got one hatching it has been trying since 9am this morning,I uped my humidity to 75% by putting in wet warm sponges.Hpe the little guy hatches soon.
     
  4. williamsl77

    williamsl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Indeed five more chicks. Sounds like more but I don't see any other pips...
     
  5. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

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    Give them 24 hours post pip to work their way out, let nature do it.
     
  6. henney penny

    henney penny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] It had been 24 hrs so I helped it by chiping away some of the shell and it was shrink wraped,I don`t like doing that but it would not have been able to hatch it I had not.
     
  7. next time try letting the humidity go to 65-70% on day 18. I believe this will help with the shrink wrap problem. I usually go about 30 the 1st 18 days and 65 on day 18, then when the first one cracks It usually hits 80 on its own and I let it do it.
     
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2012
  8. sheboyganjohn

    sheboyganjohn Out Of The Brooder

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    From my limited experience I have found that the lower the humidity at hatch, the harder the chicks have getting out of the shell. Try taking the humidity up a bit more at the end. I use a turn-x incubator and nearly fill the whole bottom with water on hatch day.
     
  9. williamsl77

    williamsl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Five of nine hatched. Three of the others never pipped but they looked like term chicks. One was breech. Why might term chicks not pip? I did not do a thorough eggtopsy. I should have but I was a little too exhausted. I kept day 1-18 humidity around 20-30%, lockdown humidity starting at 65%.
     

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