Peachick pipped, how long before hatch?

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by NCIndiaBlue, May 27, 2010.

  1. NCIndiaBlue

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    Once a peachick has pipped, how long does it generally take the chick to hatch? Today is day 27, well really day 28, for either a Blackshoulder or White peachick that pipped around 12 hours ago, he seems to be making good progress, he's made a pretty good size hole, so I can see his foot and beak easily and he's breathing normally it appears. The humidity is around 70% and temp is around 101 in a still air table top incubator - both vent holes are open so he can get fresh air. I used a broody hen for 3 weeks, then moved the eggs to the incubator - from research seems to be a great way to hatch, we will see. I know with turkey's, pheasants, chickens - they usually pip, rest for a while, then zip and hatch most of the time within 24 hours or so, though I've seen it take longer. The peachick appears to be very well (from what I can see), I just thought it looked different than other species eggs and wondered if that's normal for a peafowl egg? Also, I don't want to rush him in any way, just curious about other's experiences with pea eggs.
     
  2. Boggy Bottom Bantams

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    Same as all the others, 12-24 hours sometimes 36, is o kay
    as long as it's making progress, leave it alone, last thing you want to do is get anxious , try to help it, tear a full blood vessle and kill it
     
  3. deerman

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    give it 24 hours, peachicks don't zip like chicken, more like guineas if you have hatch those. they go around the egg ,but not the nice lid you see on quail and chicken.
     
  4. lorad

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    Same thread- different question- how long do you leave the eggs in the incubator before you give up? Mine are day29- I candled this AM and didn't see any movement, just a dark egg (they were moving when I took the off of the turner d 25). I had one egg pip yesterday but no progress and now its not moving either. Incubated with guinea eggs- keets hatching on d27, d28, and 1 this A.M. Using a hovabator with a fan. temp 99.5-100F and >80% humidity. I hatched a couple under a hen (different date) and got 2 peachicks/3 eggs from shipped eggs. This batch in the bator were from someone locally. I'm not quite ready to give up, as there was still movement in a couple of guinea eggs this A.M. Next time hen incubation only- I can't stand the stress/frustration!!! Any ideas/suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

    Lora
     
  5. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    if after 24 hr you may want to help them out if you know how. I don't help many out ,most are weak. Some of us with peafowl , use a broody hen the first week then place them in a incubator. It does help. I use game hens and most of mine will set for about 2 months.(not cruel they get off to eat and drink) I put 4 to 5 peafowl eggs under each .
     
  6. NCIndiaBlue

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    Yeah it's at 24 hours now, I SLOWLY chipped away some of the egg shell and he's about 3/4 out of the egg, but I want him to push himself out and I also want to make sure he's already absorbed most of the yolk before I try to help any further. He's still breathing well and I don't see any strange color fluid or odor.
     
  7. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    good, yes don't remove him, just the head and one wing. He should kick the shell away.
     
  8. leepsy

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    [​IMG] I have always understood, and it has been my experience with chickens and turkeys, that you shouldn't candle the eggs the last few days before the hatch date, and not until 2 or 3 days after the hatch date. If you candle during that time the inside of the shell can dry just enough that the chick sticks to it and cannot turn to pip it enough to hatch out. Others can correct me if I'm wrong, but I would rather err on the side of caution, especially with turkeys and peachicks(even though I have never hatched peas). I don't candle during that time, personally. I have also help two or three turkeys or chicks out of the shell but only after about 30 hours and then only partially. Hope that helps.
     
  9. NCIndiaBlue

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    Thanks guys, I don't stress at all with pheasants, turkeys and chickens - but with peafowl, I stress out so badly because last year a lot of my chicks reached full term in the egg, but they never hatched. I have done a lot of research since then, and I've came to the conclusion that the UPA is probably the best source for correct information (and of course lots of knowledgeable breeders on here too). Last year, I just used a still air incubator throughout the entire incubation period, and ended up with one chick out of probably 25 eggs.. most of the eggs developed fully, but just didn't hatch. I think I made some mistakes, and I've hopefully learned since then. I know that lots of oxygen is VERY important, along with the right humidity at hatching time. This year I'm using broody hens for most of the incubation period, except the last few days - they are in the incubator to hatch out. This is my first peachick to pip so far this year, so I think I just need to take a Xanax and let nature take its course. [​IMG] (even though I did help him a little bit, but not much, and he's still in the egg with his wing hanging out and of course his beak too.
     
  10. evonne

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    Quote:i candled my pea eggs every day a few times a day at the end.... just to make sure there was still good strong movement....
    they started under their momma and i had no idea when so wasn't sure when to ecpect them to hatch.. and i wanted them SSOOO bad..... of the 3, they all pipped.... the 2 hatched well, but the 3rd was hanging in it's shell and the other 2 were kicking it around and i think pulled it out before it was ready.. she bled too much. i tried to put flour on it... but she didn't make it.. the 2nd was eating and drinking and happy for a few days, and was still eating and drinking all the way to the end, but wasn't gaining weight and size like her sister(?) was.... and then i noticed she didn't have the bulk or muscle control.. just basic failure to thrive i think... poor baby... she was named G.G.... Good Girl.... trouble was her sister... she was always flying out of the brooder box and even ended up in the open toilet once.. thank god i head her.... she's still trouble.... but now she's trouble in a closed cage with no way of exploring unsupervised.. lol...

    good luck with all your hatchings guys... i'm hoping to get some more eggs next season....
     

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