Pipping

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by geana, Apr 22, 2016.

  1. geana

    geana New Egg

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    Good Morning, I am new to this adventure. I have a Styrofoam incubator my humidity and temp are stable. I have had my eggs in for 20 days now, but when do the chicks start to pip, and should I hear them through the Styrofoam?
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    Did you calibrate the thermometer? How convinced are you that the temperature is really accurate? It’s pretty common for thermometers to be off a bit unless you verify they are reading properly. If the temperature is a little high they can easily be two days early. If it’s cool they can be a few days late. Your hatch rate might not be as good but usually you do OK even if they are a couple of days early or late. You can get chicks even further out, but the closer you are to the correct temperature the better you normally do.

    Often you can hear them after they internal pip. I suggest tapping a few times on the incubator, gently, you don’t have to shatter it. That will often get them to respond.
     
  3. geana

    geana New Egg

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    I am 90% sure the temp and humidity are correct. But the question was when do the chicks start to pip and will I be able to hear them through the Styrofoam?
     
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    when do the chicks start to pip
    When they are ready. Sometimes that is two or even three days early, sometimes a few days late. Sometimes they are right on time.

    will I be able to hear them through the Styrofoam
    If they chirp while in the shell, yes. You should be able to hear them through the Styrofoam. Often you can her them chirp, but sometimes they do not chirp while still in the shell.

    They are living animals. Sometimes they do one thing, sometimes another.
     
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