pipping question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chicken_bob, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. chicken_bob

    chicken_bob Out Of The Brooder

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    It was day 20 at 4am this morning. around 1am when I got home from work we could hear chirping in the incubator and noticed one had slightly crack the shell (a raised spot on the shell with 3 cracked sections). Went to bed and this morning still the same with chirping but no progress with the cracked egg. Is this normal? And does it take that long?
     
  2. crazyelk

    crazyelk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It can take 15 minutes or it can take hours.
     
  3. SoccerMomof7

    SoccerMomof7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good Luck !

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  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    It can take a looooong time, be patient. And DON"T open the incubator!

    Good hatching vibes to you! [​IMG]
     
  5. chicken_bob

    chicken_bob Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two more that have pipped so far!
     
  6. nhnanna

    nhnanna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They should be fine, just keep checking on them but, don't open the bator.
    good luck on your hatch [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. rhythmicgoldfish

    rhythmicgoldfish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    why dont you open the bator?
     
  8. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:It lets all the humidity out, and the chicks can become shrink wrapped and stuck in the eggs.
     
  9. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    THe humidity needs to be high during hatch; opening the bator releases the humidity, and it takes quite awhile for it to get back up to where it needs to be. This can jeopardize a hatch.

    Best of luck, chicken_bob!

    My last hatch, one pipped but didn't even start to zip until 26 hours later! It ended up hatching just fine.
     
  10. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    After they pip they rest for about 12 to 24 hours before you will even see any zipping. It's really hard work to get that first pip out. Good luck! When they start zipping it usually goes pretty quickly...mine usually do it within an hour.
     

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