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4-H Embryology

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Movie Clips - Hatching Movie Clip #1 - Chick Pips Through Egg


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It's Hatching Time! The chick uses its egg tooth to pip (break or chip) almost all the way around the inside of the shell. This can take a long time and it is a lot of work for such a tiny chick. Inside the egg, the chick pips at the shell, rests, then trys to pip again and rest some more. When it is ready, the chick kicks off the egg shell and flops out of the shell all wet and tired. It will take many hours before the chick is dry and fluffy.

What you are going to see in the Movie Clip: This chicken has pipped through the egg shell on the twenty-first (21) day

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