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When do I turn off the incubator???

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Today is day 22 of our incubation.  We have 5 eggs unhatched.  These may have been fertilized but only 2 I could see positive signs of fertilization.  

 

This is my first hatch so I am not sure how long to hold out hope for the remaining eggs.  Please give me opinions, or flat out tell me what to do!!!

 

Thank you!!!

post #2 of 6

When did the others hatch?  24 hours after the last one hatched, I look for signs of life and usually turn off the incubator if there doesn't seem to be anything viable.

 

How are your air cells in those 5?

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When did the others hatch?  24 hours after the last one hatched, I look for signs of life and usually turn off the incubator if there doesn't seem to be anything viable.

 

How are your air cells in those 5?

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Last one hatched at 2pm today.  Not sure about the air cell.  Do I pull out and candle?  2 of these eggs have shells that I haven't been able to tell anything on 3 previous candles.  I will keep it up as long as I need to, but don't want to hold onto false hope.

 

Thank you for helping!

post #5 of 6

Sometimes you can hold the egg up to your ear and hear them pecking the shells.  You can try that.  If you get to the point when you think that you are not going to get anything to hatch, then slowly start to open them from the top where the air cell is.  Open it up just enough to look inside.  If you see movement you can seal the shell back up with a piece of plastic wrap.  Otherwise you can open it up to finish the eggtopsy and see what went wrong. 

Some days you just have to put on the hat and remind them who they are dealing with. Release the flying monkies!

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Some days you just have to put on the hat and remind them who they are dealing with. Release the flying monkies!

~Miracles DO happen!~

~Life is not disposable.~


~You do the best you can with the information you have at the time. When you know better, you do better.~
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post #6 of 6

I agree, give it at least 24 hours from the last one that hatched

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