Pipping Question about Membrane

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CATRAY44, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. CATRAY44

    CATRAY44 Lard Cookin Chicken Woman

    The piece of membrane exposed by the chicken when pipping looks hard... should I worry? I am hoping it is because it is exposed to the air... Humidity is 64...
  2. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Crowing

    Feb 21, 2009
    Columbia river gorge
    I dont have an answer for you but keep watching the chick , this will bump you up to the top and hopefully someone who knows more aobut chickens then me will answer soon . Good luck
  3. CATRAY44

    CATRAY44 Lard Cookin Chicken Woman

    Thank you. I t think it is probably ok... it moves like tissue paper. Hoping, anyway. The humidity is where it should be..
  4. the_eagle69

    the_eagle69 Songster

    Feb 1, 2009
    Far SW VA
    What day are you on and how many eggs do you have in the bator for the most part this is not a problem my last 2 on the last hatch day23 early were very dry and only piped with small zipping. All others were out so i remove the shell away form the beak area and sprayed a little water in around the shell (mist) i was sure they would not make it anyway at this point one poped out when i layed the egg back in hatching tray the other a short time after and both did great. But dont help unless you have to and it is late in the hatch.
  5. CATRAY44

    CATRAY44 Lard Cookin Chicken Woman

    It is pretty early in the hatch. The second egg pipped a little while ago. The hole has gotten a little larger,about 2 eraser tips worth, but going up and down, not sideways. It doesn't look like much of a zip yet.
  6. Jenski

    Jenski Songster

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    Sounds like you are doing OK with humidity. That membrane is thicker than you would think . . . amazing the chicks make it out, LOL! Just sit tight, and you should see chick soon. Nature will likely take care of things.

    Good luck, and keep us posted!
  7. CATRAY44

    CATRAY44 Lard Cookin Chicken Woman

    Thank you! You have guys have been a big help (never done this before) and the reassurance helps!
  8. the_eagle69

    the_eagle69 Songster

    Feb 1, 2009
    Far SW VA
    Ok sounds like every thing is fine just wait it out and that is the hard part. [​IMG] the chicks should go all the way around inside the egg makeing an almost perfect cut then just push out. But not all chicks got the memo on this and some just rip down the side and pop out. Mine cant seam to count days one will pop out on day 19 or 20 and cant figure out why its alone in the world [​IMG] Good luck keep us posted
  9. CATRAY44

    CATRAY44 Lard Cookin Chicken Woman

    Thank you! This is a good patience lesson for me, lol.
  10. Jamie821

    Jamie821 Songster

    Sep 26, 2008
    Niota, Tennessee
    Just sit on your hands and dont open bator. The chicks will pip and take up to 24 hours to start zipping. They rest and absorb the yolk and blood during this time. I have had hatches where the first to pip was the last to hatch.

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