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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by DUCKGIRL89, Nov 11, 2011.


    DUCKGIRL89 Songster

    Apr 28, 2011
    So I have 6 mix bred duck eggs in my bator, they were due yesterday, but were starting to hatch today. There is no promlem or anything, but what do you call it when they get open the membrain? Is that a internal pip? And when they make a crack in the shell, is that the pip? And what a zip? Thanks yall!
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2011

  2. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Songster

    Feb 4, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Yup, you've got it. An internal pip is when they break through the mambrane into the air cell and start breathing the air in there. An external pip is when they tap a tiny hole through the shell and start breathing the air outside the egg. Zipping is when they start to turn inside the egg and tap away at the shell as they go, to break the top off and actually hatch out. Remember with ducks, the time from pipping to zipping is normally over 24 hours and can be as much as two days! So don't worry if they look like they're not doing anything. That's perfectly normal. Just keep the humidity up high and let them get on with it...

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