We incubated 22 eggs from our chickens and 8 bantam eggs from another source. Our 11 year old noticed the first egg pipping this morning at 7am, by 3pm 3 were pipping and by 5pm I noticed another 2, five in all. Is it 'normal' for the first to not be hatched yet? How long is 'normal'from beginning of pipping to full hatch? Any advice?
How long is normal for hatch?(4 posts)
Hello queenchick, by all accounts it does take a long time for incubated eggs to hatch. You can do a search in the box above under incubating and hatching. Sure other members will help when the log on . Good luck MamaGoose Girl
Update: two chicks have completed the 'hatching stage', both this afternoon. There are at least 4 more that are pipping. I am not taking the lid off so as not to let out any of the warmth. I'm going to leave these in the incubator until tomorrow at which time I'll move them. I've read they can stay UP to 2-3 days in the incubator as the yolk sak will maintain them. 'Funny' thing is....the two that have hatched are NOT two of the first to 'pip'. I have noticed the others to move....they move a bit and then rest a bit. Just hoping they don't 'need' help.
Hi Queenchick, good news on your two chicks, they can stay in the incubator for 24hrs as as you have said they have the yolk sack to maintain them, then move them to a brooder with a heat lamp chick food and water, as for the other that can take up to 3 days to hatch but i would keep a eye on them, they mey need some help!, if they have broken any of the shell the membrame may become dry and dry on the chick, i would take a look at them , and with some cool boiled water and a cotton bud just soften the membrame,you could add some sugar to the water an if you can just drip it on the beak this will give them a bit of a boost, if you do need to step in then just brake off some of the shell, but take care not to brake the inside membrame as this contains blood vessals, carefully take the shell off and just fold the inner sack back, start whr they have pipped going roud the top of the egg, then put the chick back n the incubator and leave the chick to get out of the shell as it might still be attached to the shell, this is whr you could make the chick bleed,
good luck keep us updated
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