pipping question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MRNpoultry, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    once a egg starts to pip, how long does it take for it to hatch?
     
  2. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    1-24 hours. The first one to pip seems to take the longest.

    Resist the urge to open the bator. You don't want to lose the humidity.

    Matt
     
  3. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    I was thinking at the most it took eight hours to hatch. The egg
    that pipped at 9 last night ain't got through the shell anymore, shouldn't it had made some progress getting through the shell by now?
     
  4. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    nope... some times they "pip" the shell,, and you see NO progress for 24 hours [​IMG]
     
  5. WalkingWolf

    WalkingWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2009
    North Carolina
    From my few hatches what I understand is they rest after breaking through. The first pip through must be the hardest. I have helped on a couple after it went past 24 hours and I saw the the beak was protruded and the chick gasping for air. Both times they were LARGE chicks and seemed to not be able to move in the shell. I lost one silkie under a broody hen because I did not know when it had pipped and assumed it would get out. Before burying I took it out of the shell and it was a large chick that had completely filled the shell and no air space to move. I assume that when it could not get out it grew into the shell to the point of suffocating.
     
  6. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    he is starting to break the shell!!!
     
  7. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

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  8. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    my first chicken of the year hatched!
     

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