Well, it's been a long day here. No chicks have hatched YET.
Brown egg #3 , who pipped this morning at 6 am is still going. The little chick stalled out for a while and then began pipping again in earnest about 2 pm. The pip hole is now about the size of a nickel. I've read that they pip, then "zip"--meaning they zip open a line in a counterclockwise circle around the egg, then push the two halves apart and hatch. Well, nobody told this little chick! I am beginning to feel sorry for it as it seems to be getting tired. We'll see what happens through the night.
We have increased the humidity to 75% in hope of making things easier for the chicks.
Good news....two more pips tonight!
Brown egg #5 pipped @ 8:30 pm
White egg #8 pipped @ 8:56 pm
Brown egg #1 may have a pip--we're not sure yet.
I hope we have some chicks in the morning!
To the 4-H'ers in our group....stop by to see the pips and hopefully chicks!