When do they start chirping?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by countyroad1330, Feb 9, 2008.

  1. countyroad1330

    countyroad1330 Thunder Snow 2009!

    Oct 15, 2007
    Oklahoma!
    I was wondering, at what point during incubation do the chicks actually start cheeping? I know that my last batch gave a few chirps before pipping, but I can't remember how close to hatch date.

    Also, the eggs lay on a flat piece of wire grating in my incubator. When they start to hatch they roll around and move all the other eggs. Should I be doing something different?
     
  2. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    They will start peeping after they internally pip. Usually late day 19 or on day 20.

    The rolling doesn't hurt then at all. I've hatched tons of chicks and watched the new ones play soccer with those just starting to pip and they hatch out just fine.
     
  3. chickabator

    chickabator Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 30, 2007
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    I don't know mine are on day 21 and I still have not heard anything
     
  4. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Maybe your temps are a little low and they are not going to externally pip for another day or so?

    Usually my eggs are rocking well by late day 20 and they are peeping before that. No mistaking the sound of peeping chicks.
     
  5. hart31

    hart31 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Some people use rubber bands, pipe cleaners, or zip ties to form a kind of round base to keep the eggs from rolling around. [​IMG]
     

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