If you held a stethoscope up to an egg, could you hear a heart beat or something to signify that the chick/duckling inside is alive or dead? It's day 29 for my pekin egg, still no piping or anything. I decided to quickly put a stethoscope up to the egg to see if I could hear anything that would let me know if it was alive or not and I heard nothing. I think it may be a late death, I don't know, sorry I'm acting kind of neurotic. I know I should give it more time, and I'm going out of town tomorrow (leaving the egg with a pet sitter) and I'll be back in three days, so I guess by then if it doesn't hatch it's safe to say it died? Should I ask the sitter to candle the egg to see if it pips? Man, I miss the little moving blob inside of the egg.