Shell pipped but not membrane..... help

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ksawinski33, Mar 28, 2018.

  1. ksawinski33

    ksawinski33 Hatching

    Mar 28, 2018
    I am at day 21 with my eggs and a number of them have started to pip and I can see a small crack on the outside of the shell but the chick has not gotten through the membrane. Is this normal or do I need to make a hole in the membrane?
  2. SIMZ

    SIMZ Crowing

    Apr 29, 2011
    Northwest Indiana
    I'd guess that what you're describing is normal. A pip at first looks like just a tiny crack on the outside - and will stay that way sometimes for several hours before the chick starts to hatch. It is actually through the membrane, but may not look that way. To have cracked the shell at all it had to get through the membrane.

    My advice is to leave them alone! Don't open the door and, if you can stand it, stop even looking in the incubator! LOL You'll drive yourself crazy and will probably end up doing more harm than good.

    The wait is hard! ;)
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  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    :welcome @ksawinski33

    I too agree with SIMZ that everything sounds perfectly normal. Good luck with your hatch :fl
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