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WHICH COMES FIRST? the PIP or the CHIRP?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ms.cluckling, Jan 7, 2011.

  1. ms.cluckling

    ms.cluckling Songster

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    one of my chicken eggs has been shaking for 2 days now, and I was wondering--will I hear chirping before the chick pips, or after?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

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    When I've heard it, it was before the pip.
     
  3. ms.cluckling

    ms.cluckling Songster

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    thanks!
     
  4. iamcuriositycat

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    Yup, usually before. Sometimes you get a quiet one though, and never hear chirping. Or you just miss it when it's awake. So that's not always a perfect indicator.

    Good luck with your hatch!
     
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    But it's definitely an awesome thing to hear peeping from within a sealed egg, that's for sure!!!
     
  6. ms.cluckling

    ms.cluckling Songster

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    can you encourage it to peep by playing recordings of a mother chicken clucking, or a chick peeping?
     
  7. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Songster

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    Most definitely! Or, just "talk" to it yourself--in peeps & chirps, of course! It is so cool when you chirp at an egg and it chirps back!
     
  8. newlyweds

    newlyweds Pearl of the Prairie

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    In my experience I almost always hear a chirp from inside the egg, about 8-12 hours before the first pip. So excited, I go into lockdown tomorrow with 14 eggs. It never gets old.
     
  9. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:+1
     
  10. rockinpaints

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    If they are late hatching I will listen to the egg up close to my ear before I rule them out and sometimes I can hear it chirping! [​IMG]
     

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