Pipping on the wrong end!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by newchickenfamily, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. newchickenfamily

    newchickenfamily Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm new at this hatching stuff! I have a pip, but it's on the "wrong" end! It's pipped near the narrow top part of the egg. Is this little chickie doomed, or is there a chance? [​IMG]
  2. chickenlover456

    chickenlover456 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 14, 2009
    Bay Area, CA
    Usually, chicks hatch at the bigger part. It doesn't mean that that pipping near the narrow end means certain death! Some chicks pip in other places than others.
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2009
  3. willowcol

    willowcol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Macclesfield NC
    It still has a chance, is it peeping? If you can see movement or hear it then it didn't drown and could still zip.
  4. newchickenfamily

    newchickenfamily Chillin' With My Peeps

    It just pipped within the last two hours. It's the first one. I definitely see movement and my humidity is OK. Just seems that he/she is turned in the wrong direction for pipping!! Thanks for the reassurance guys!
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2009
  5. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 15, 2008
    It will probably hatch fine. Usually if they are going to die from trying to pip the wrong end they never manage to pip the shell. They suffocate in the process from no air cell to breathe in. Now that it can breathe the only problem might be not having enough space to turn and fully zip but while that might keep it from hatching on it's own it won't die from that unless you leave it stuck there for days. I'd just wait and if it hasn't made it out by the time all the other eggs hatch then carefully help it.
  6. newchickenfamily

    newchickenfamily Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] I love BYC. Where else in the world could I go at 9:30 at night to get advice on my pipping chick?? [​IMG] Thank you!
  7. kbbeale

    kbbeale Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 26, 2007
    Adkins, Tx
    How did he do???
  8. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

    Dec 16, 2008
    I had 2 hatch the other day from the wrong end, it should be fine [​IMG]
  9. jimnjay

    jimnjay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    I have had some hatch by while they pipped on the small end. If you prop your eggs on day 18 so there is a slight tilt with the small side down it sometimes helps them align themselves correctly. I have used Pipe Cleaners to rest the egg againt. It just gives a little help. You can also just use the sides of the inucbator or hatcher and prop the eggs against the side. I hope you little one does ok.
  10. newchickenfamily

    newchickenfamily Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:He hasn't made any progress. [​IMG] I can see that it's breathing through the tiny pip. I'll wait till it's been 24 hours (late tonight) before I do anything. The eggs were all due to pip today, but so far just the one. It's a good thing I have things to do today otherwise I'd be hovering over the 'bator all day!!

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