What Does A Pipped Egg Mean?

I am often asked what does a pipped egg means.  A pipped egg is when the chick is beginning to hatch and a crack forms in the egg shell where the chick is breaking through the egg membrane and shell.

Eggs Pipping

Eggs Pipping

The chick pecks at the inside of the egg and the shell cracks and then small pieces of the outer shell fall off.

Pipped Egg

Pipped Egg

Then the chick pierces the egg membrane all around the egg until it is able to  hatch out and fully emerge from the egg shell.

Newly Hatched Chick In Incubator

Newly Hatched Chick In Incubator

In this photo you can see the freshly hatched chick and see the bottom half of the egg shell and membrane.

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