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Eggs rocking around for 3 days but no peeps yet

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At about what day do the eggs start moving? And how long do they usually move for before pipping or peeping?

 

We locked down on day 17 (on accident) and saw the eggs wobbling a little. It is now day 20 and the eggs are still wobbling but no peeping yet. Though it seems the eggs have somewhat settled into a pointy-end downward orientation. 

 

I have opened the vents, humidity is at 62%. My digital thermometer reads 100.6 (it is not able to be calibrated) but my bulb thermometer reads 99.5. 

 

It is my first time incubating so I am obviously trying to make sure I am doing everything right. :-) 

 

Thanks! 

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Sounds like all is good and on schedule.

 

Hope you have a great hatch. How many are in there?

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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Originally Posted by KarliRae View Post
 

At about what day do the eggs start moving? And how long do they usually move for before pipping or peeping?

 

We locked down on day 17 (on accident) and saw the eggs wobbling a little. It is now day 20 and the eggs are still wobbling but no peeping yet. Though it seems the eggs have somewhat settled into a pointy-end downward orientation. 

 

I have opened the vents, humidity is at 62%. My digital thermometer reads 100.6 (it is not able to be calibrated) but my bulb thermometer reads 99.5. 

 

It is my first time incubating so I am obviously trying to make sure I am doing everything right. :-) 

 

Thanks! 

Around day 17/18  it is natural to see some rocking because the chick is positioning itself, head under wing, beak up for hatch. Many times after the initial rocking they will rest and you won't see movement again until they are attempting the pips. 

 

Like Chicken Canoe said, looks like everything is on schedule.

 

Good luck on the hatch.

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Great! Thank you! I think it might take a few days longer because we were going by the digital thermometer and it is reading a full degree higher so I think we actually had the chicks at around 98.5 degree for days 10-17. Do you think they will still hatch ok? 

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Probably, just a little late.

 

This is a good read on temperature deviations.

 

http://www.brinsea.com/Articles/Advice/PowerOff.aspx

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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I put 8 eggs in the incubator and so far have 4 chicks out in the brooder! One more has pipped and 3 have no activity yet. So at least a 50% hatch rate for my first hatch! 

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I put 8 eggs in the incubator and so far have 4 chicks out in the brooder! One more has pipped and 3 have no activity yet. So at least a 50% hatch rate for my first hatch! 

Congrats on the hatchers.

Need help incubating/hatching? Are you more a hands on hatcher? Come visit us: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1081034/hands-on-hatching-and-help

A guide to hatching from the hands on perspective: http://hatching411.weebly.com/

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Need help incubating/hatching? Are you more a hands on hatcher? Come visit us: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1081034/hands-on-hatching-and-help

A guide to hatching from the hands on perspective: http://hatching411.weebly.com/

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