Will they pip and make a hole, but not zip??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by steffpeck, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. steffpeck

    steffpeck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    I have a Buff Orp that has been pipped since this morning, it has made a hole in the shell that is a little bit smaller than a dime. I can see it's beak, it does look like the membrane may be sticking to it's beak. It can open its beak and it can breath, but it doesn't seem to be turning at all to zip. Could it be to big to turn to finish zipping or is this normal?? I have never had a chick pip a hole this big and not already be zipping.
     
  2. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    Georgia
    My hatch a couple hatches ago had one that was pipped for almost 24 hours before it zipped, I would just leave it , I am sure it is either resting or still absorbing the yolk.
     
  3. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    It COULD be to big, It COULD be dry, It COULD be normal !!!!! Have you been opening the bator alot to check on him/her ??? If so that can dry things out... Also it can take up to 48 hours for a chick to hatch !!!! So, maybe the little one is just taking its time and trying to drive you nuts !!!! As long as the chick is still chirping I wouldnt do anything yet !!!! I dont help in till 24+ hrs with no progress !!! Unless I notice the chick starting to go down hill, Good luck and keep us updated !!!

    Also whats your hum at ???
     
  4. steffpeck

    steffpeck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    No, I have not been opening it. My humidity is at 64% and has been between 63%-69% throughout the day. Thanks!! It is so hard to just sit and do nothing!!!! But, I have killed to many chicks trying to help, so I will sit on my hands. [​IMG]
     
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  5. steffpeck

    steffpeck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    It does have a small piece of shell that has fallen towards the inside that looks like it is going in it's mouth. Will it choke??
     
  6. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    I had 3 barred rock chicks that pipped inside, but never pipped the shell or zipped. I also had one that pipped the shell, but never zipped. Two hatches ago, I had a zip take 12 hours.

    Could go either way. Good luck!
     
  7. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    It SHOULD be fine !!!!! I understand how you feel !!!!! If its going to drive you totally nuts then remove the little peice of shell from its mouth, But, do it quick so you dont lose much hum.... If by morning it doesnt make any progress I would then THINK about helping it !!
     
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  8. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I would not open the incubator at all. That quick blast of air will destroy your hatch for certain. It is always best to wait at least 24 hours from the time of pip, however I don't recommend helping at all. Good luck..I hope your chick hatches soon for you.

    Jody
     
  9. steffpeck

    steffpeck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    The little piece of shell managed to fall off to the side so it is not near it's mouth anymore. My biggest concern is the membrane looks like it is sticking to side of its beak. Luckily though, the hole is quite large and the membrane is broken and it has its beak out so I know it can breath well.

    On a side note, I have another one that has zipped about 1/2 way around. [​IMG]
     
  10. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Quote:I'm happy that the shell fixed it self !!!!! If it were me it would of drove me crazy !!!! Then I would be thinking about it all night !!!!! AHHHH !!!!! It might just look dry, if you havent been opening the bator and your hum is 60% to 70% it should be ok !!!! Wait and see till morning !!!

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