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Peeping but no PIP! How long can chickie breath without pipping?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Bandana, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. Bandana

    Bandana Songster

    So this is my very first hatch. Time will tell if it was dumb, or brave to try Seramas the first time around. And a staggered hatch to boot. Hey, I did refrain from also trying to put Buttons in with them.

    Anyway, I got up to run to the loo in the middle of the night, and the bator cheeped at me. At first I thought the sound must really be something else. I stopped and listened. Cheep!

    Of nine Serama eggs, four were clears. Two of those had very thin, weak shells. One of them had an iffy shell. The other seemed to have a normal, healthy shell.

    Of the other five, two have fairly healthy looking shells. Three of them seem to have very hard, and somewhat thick shells. From what I can tell anyway, until they open up.

    My instincts tell me the cheeps are coming from one of the tough shells. I'm thinking of scoring the shell with the Dremmel. Not pipping it, mind you. Just scoring, so it won't be so hard on the chickie.

    My two major concerns are regarding the amount of air in the air sack, and the fact that the baby is a bit early. We are at day 17 and a half. Late today, of course, will be day 18, which is much better. I've got four thermometers going. Based on the timing of this baby, I now know whick thermometer is most acurate.

    What should I do? Score the shell? If I ease the temp in the bator down just a tad, will that still be OK for the others? I'm talking just a degree here.

  2. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    I had one peeping for a full day before it pipped, maybe even longer, but you can relax for now [​IMG]
  3. Bandana

    Bandana Songster

    Whew. OK. Thanks. Maybe I'll try to go back to bed for a while.
  4. You should see a small outward break in the shell sometime soon. Do not worry about the chirps. They are telling their mama (you) that they will be comming out soon and to be aware.

    I it a really good thing that you hear them. This means that they have their beaks in the air sack on the big end of the egg. If you were to candle them (do not for now), you MAY see the beak at the line of the air sack.

    You are doing just fine. Any problems, type away, we are here to help you throught it. Watch your days with the Saramas. They hatch a little earlier than a big chicken.
  5. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    The first hatch is always the most exciting and filled with 1000's worries !! The chick sounds normal, I would not open the bator to do anything except up the hum on day 18 and then leave it alone and see what happens. Hope you have a great hatch [​IMG] [​IMG]
  6. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

    Mar 3, 2008
    What they said... [​IMG]

    So, any pips this morning? [​IMG]
  7. Bandana

    Bandana Songster

    No pips yet. No movement. Nada.

    I knew I'd be a little nervous at this point, but jeez, does it have to be this bad? There have been so many stories about Seramas fully developing and then not making it out of the shell. More so than other chickens, that is. It's driving me nuts knowing there's a little life in there that will most likely be better off if I leave it alone, yet might die if I do. That's what I get for supplanting the role of a broody. [​IMG]

    One major lesson I've learned so far: Lay off the caffiene at hatch time. I'm ready to go through the roof as it is. [​IMG]
  8. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

    Mar 3, 2008
    *chuckle!* After you've hatched a few hundred eggs, you won't be so nervous. LOL!
    [​IMG] for you!
  9. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
    Thomson, GA
    Well, I am way past 100 and I am still always nervous. [​IMG]

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