On what day do they usually start to pip

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ctcasper, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. ctcasper

    ctcasper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2008
    I am on day 18 and I am so crazy with anticipation and nervousness. Just curious what day most people get their first pip?
  2. baldie

    baldie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2008
    Douglas, MA
    That depends. My Japanese bantams and other bantams pip on day 19 or 20 sometimes. [​IMG]
  3. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    I'm on day 20 and just noticed 2 pips and some cute little chirping. They are silkies.
  4. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
    If temps are higher than usual, the eggs will pip and hatch earlier. If temps are lower than usual, it will take longer. Normally a chick should pip on days 19-21, but it can vary. Higher temps could cause them to pip at around day 18, and lower temps can cause them to pip at like day 22 or even 25. If some are late, candle and see if they have pipped the air bubble. You might even(but I'm definitely NOT recommending this) make a small hole in the top(where air bubble is) and look for signs of movement, chirping, etc. if they haven't hatched by day 25 or 26. It's not always good to try and interfere, but it could save a baby chick's life because some are stuck because of too low humidity and they die from not enough oxygen. But if you help them out in time, it can save them.
    But anyway, with temps steady at 99-100*F and humidity at the right %, you should start seeing pips by day 19-21 [​IMG]

    Good luck! [​IMG]
  5. mediazeal

    mediazeal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2009
    I'm on day 20 and no pips, no rocking
    when I last candled before the enforced incubator closure period.... I had live chicks in there so hopeful I will see them soon
    I expect them to break into the air cell tonight or early tomorrow and start peeping at me
    don't know when I might see rocking, they might all be in position already as they have been in egg cartons the whole time.
    I expect pips at 7:30am tomorrow which is the official Day 21. [​IMG]
    Ok, I have no idea, they chickens have taken over and they aren't telling.
  6. lukewride

    lukewride Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 27, 2009
    I have 2 eggs on day 21. one pipped on 19 and then hatched on 20.. i'm still waiting on one egg..
    I'm hoping its all well and that he/she's just having a lie in.

  7. ctcasper

    ctcasper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2008
    Thanks for the info, I am hoping for tomorrow to see some sign of whats happening. We are going on a trip tomorrow for most of the day, and that is probably a good thing or I would drive myself crazy.
  8. merrydancer

    merrydancer Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 28, 2007
    Wondering exactly how the days are counted?

    say you put them in at 12 noon. is that day 1 or is the next day at noon... day 1 since they have been incubating for 24 hrs at that point ... therefore "one day" has been completed.
  9. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    depends on your incubation conditions. If your temps were slightly hotter than they should be, they can pip a day early, sometimes two. If they were a little cooler than they are supposed to be they could pip a day late, or sometimes two. It also depends on the breed, and other environmental conditions, so basically its a toss up either way you go.
  10. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:If you put them in at 12 noon, its not day one until 12 noon the NEXT day. One day is 24 hours, so start counting 24 hours after you put them in the bator.

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