Silkie egg peep 24hrs ago under hen

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  1. esme13

    esme13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am new to having a hen hatch eggs. One egg hatched on its own on day 20. Today is day 21 and the chick peep yesterday and had a tiny opening first thing in the morning. No improvement since. I don't want to interfere just yet, but could use advice? I pulled a very small amount of shell by where it peeped and I could see it moving and it started peeping a lot! so I put i back under the hen. How long could this take and how many hrs till I should be concern? I just want the absorbing to go right as well and don't want to kill the chick.
     
  2. RubyNala97

    RubyNala97 Overrun With Chickens

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    Internal pip usually takes +\- 24 hours and then the external pip can take another +\- 24 hours. When it comes to broodies I let them deal with the actual hatching. Do you have an incubator inside? If you started to assist an egg, you'd need to monitor its progress closely, so I would think you'd need to keep it in a incubator inside.
     
  3. esme13

    esme13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have a working incubator. Just my broody girl. The external peep took place yesterday morning I saw it at 7am. This morning I saw a tear in the membrane so I peaked through the slit. It looks very clean inside with I hope a damp chick. The outside part of that one inch membrane was dry. So I took a moist towel and dabbed the top, removed a tiny little bit of shell and left the membrane be. I could see the chick beak push the membrane and it started peeling strong! I put it back under the Hen and have not gone back out to disturb her since than.
     
  4. esme13

    esme13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's hatching :) but it didn't zip right. The egg is like a bowl because it did a circle zip on one side of the egg, not in half like a normal zip. im happy I didn't interfere to much
     
  5. RubyNala97

    RubyNala97 Overrun With Chickens

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    Good news!
     

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