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Post by camaroneil on Sat Jul 12, 2008 8:38 pm

just wondering if they normally pip at the top, bottom, side or anywhere,
i don't mean pointy or blunt end, i mean around the circumference,
the eggs are on their side and due to hatch tonight/tomorrow,
just wondering where i should be watching,

neil

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Re: pipping, top or bottom,

Post by Suz on Sat Jul 12, 2008 8:46 pm

the first little 'x' (external pip) will appear 3/4 ways up the egg at the widest part. the chick works its way round like a little tin opener .... you often see nothing on the egg apart from the initial dent until chickie pops out of the lid he's made.

Good luck with your hatch

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Re: pipping, top or bottom,

Post by camaroneil on Sat Jul 12, 2008 8:48 pm

many thanks for that,
it's exactly the info i was after,
wasn't sure if i'd explained properly,

i'm getting real excited now,

thanks again,
neil

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Re: pipping, top or bottom,

Post by Ironsun on Sat Jul 12, 2008 8:50 pm

Hi Neil,

Chicks normally come from the top end of the egg, but sometime start from the bottom.
If you look just above the centre of the egg at the side, this is where you'll see the first signs, it just looks like a x. If your planning on watching the happy event, may I suggest you get a few beers and a couple of good Dvd's, it can take quite a while.

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Re: pipping, top or bottom,

Post by camaroneil on Sat Jul 12, 2008 8:52 pm

derek, already got the beers in,
don't want to watch any dvd's, i may miss something !

how many should i expect to hatch if conditions were correct all the way through?
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Post by Ironsun on Sat Jul 12, 2008 8:54 pm

Hi,

That's made me laugh, I can't even remember how many you got. But Hopefully you'll get them all out, but on average 70-80% I would think.

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Post by Harrie on Sat Jul 12, 2008 8:55 pm

Thanks for that from me as well. I'm sat here watching my bobs now and then and wondered why nothing but a teeny tiny x and then all of a sudden a great big ring appears and the top flies off! These white bob eggs are great fun to watch - 3 out so far.

What and how many you got in Neil? (It's so exciting! bounce )
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Re: pipping, top or bottom,

Post by Suz on Sat Jul 12, 2008 9:02 pm

Smile Now that's a tough one to answer ... a bit like how longs a piece of string.

If you don't touch the incubator during the hatching process, it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect all fertile eggs to hatch .... although this doesn't always happen.

A lot of things can hamper a hatch such as chicks get tired and die before getting out .... personally I aim for 50-75% fertile postal eggs to hatch & 90% from home grown eggs and take full houses as a bonus Very Happy

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