pipping question

chicken_bob

In the Brooder
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Mar 17, 2009
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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?
 

ranchhand

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

Good hatching vibes to you!
 

Wynette

Crowing
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Sep 25, 2007
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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.
 

Hangin Wit My Peeps

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Apr 20, 2008
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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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