When will they start peeping?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by michelle89, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. michelle89

    michelle89 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2011
    My BO has been sitting on her eggs for the last 17 days, they are due to hatch on the 22nd. Should I be able to hear something by now?
  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    They don't start peeping until after they've pipped internally, and are able to breathe the air from the air sac. That happens in the last couple of days before hatch. When I've incubated eggs, I've heard them peeping but when my broody hatched, I didn't. That may have had something to do with the incubator being next to my bed, while the broody was outside, so I wasn't as close to hear them.
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    They don't peep until right before they hatch, when they pip through the internal membrane. (before they pip through the shell) My broodies usually hatch a day early - so you'll probably hear peeping a day before or day of hatch.

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