Originally Posted by Triplecross
Has anyone else had incubated chicks hatch early? I did a test run on my Janoel 12 incubator and had all 7 of 8 eggs hatch on day 20.
Now I'm doing my 2nd hatch with 20 eggs and one hatched at 10 am (so technically 18 1/2 day hatch since I put them in at 10 pm on 1/30/16)
Is that abnormal? The 2 chicks are walking and seem fine, but I'm a little concerned if that's bad.
My temp with the Janoel is very consistent and at 99.5 to 100 degrees always.
Early hatches could be because your incubator was a bit too warm, or it could just be normal for those particular eggs. When I hatch chicks from my flock's eggs, they always hatch on day 19/20. I've ruled out high temps, because they hatch at the same time whether incubated by a broody or in an incubator. It's just normal for my flock's eggs. It could just be normal for your's.