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 Post subject: Pipping!
PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:18 pm 
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Sorry for the completely random topic but I have 12 quail eggs in my incubator, tomorrow is hatch day and they are pipping! I'm very excited so sharing the news with everyone who'll listen, and you are a captive audience :wink:
At lunch time, 2 of them had very small cracks, and now 9 of them have almost pipped and are shaking and cheeping.
Progress is very slow at this stage but I'm reluctant to go to bed in case I miss anything.
If you've never home hatched before its a wonderful experience, they just look like random eggs until you hear the tiny cheeping noises just before hatch, then the wobbling, then the gradual pipping of the shell & emerging as a new little life into the world :D :D :D
Sorry for the waffle, I 'll go back to my egg-watching now...
Starmum ~*~


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 Post subject: Re: Pipping!
PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:21 pm 
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How lovely. My friend just showed me the video of her four little chicks breaking out of their shells. Her children were delighted. Enjoy the rest of your evening. I hope they don't keep you up too late.


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 Post subject: Re: Pipping!
PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:25 pm 
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Awwww - happy hatching! :D (and a new word to add to DS's 11+ vocab list - pipping :D ) Let us know how it goes x


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 Post subject: Re: Pipping!
PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:28 pm 
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Sounds really cute :D

Primary schools can hire kits for hatching hens eggs ...


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 Post subject: Re: Pipping!
PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:33 pm 
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Ah, Bondgirl, always an educational aspect on EPE!
Guest 55... hatching in my Nursery class is what started me off about 4 years ago! I haven't room for any more chickens which is why I've switched to quail :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: Pipping!
PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:56 pm 
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Oh this sounds so lovely...wish I had some chickens to hatch :D I've never heard of pipping before either.


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 Post subject: Re: Pipping!
PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:19 pm 
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Takes me back to my snake breeding days, watching them hatch! :D


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 Post subject: Re: Pipping!
PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:30 pm 
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Waiting_For_Godot wrote:
Takes me back to my snake breeding days, watching them hatch! :D


Hmmmm I draw the line at snakes....YUK :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: Pipping!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:01 am 
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Looking for help wrote:
Waiting_For_Godot wrote:
Takes me back to my snake breeding days, watching them hatch! :D


Hmmmm I draw the line at snakes....YUK :shock:


Come on! snakes are wonderful. They have only one rule, you don't bother them so they don't bother you.


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 Post subject: Re: Pipping!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:18 am 
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My third batch were mutants though. Incubation period of 189 days instead of 60-90. I assumed they were dead but my cut said that they were still alive. They came out half the length and twice the width with no taper so they looked like a worm. They were the most aggressive snakes I'd ever come across - corn snakes are not aggressive. I I'd lose a few....

Ealing, if anyone's wondering...

I'm sure they got eaten by rats, if not they'll be five feet long now! :wink:


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