My first chicks of the year are due to hatch tomorrow. When I went to move them from the incubator to the hatcher a couple of days ago, I realized that the turner had gotten unplugged. And had been unplugged for an unknown period of time. At least two days, maybe a week or more. Which meant that two sets of eggs were affected. Since both sets of eggs had continued to develop I put the due-to-hatch eggs in the hatcher and crossed my fingers, hoping all would be okay. That was Saturday.
Tonight I went to check, and one chick has already hatched! Another has begun to pip. And they aren't even due until tomorrow. So maybe they will all be okay.
Oh wow, that is good to hear... I have heard that the first to hatch are the females.. Do you have leg bands?
I haven't found the "first to hatch are the females" thing to be true at all. If anything, my early hatchers tend to be cockerels (but not a strong enough tendency to count on it.) I don't put leg bands on chicks. I do wing-band them when they are a week or so old.
5 birds out and healthy. All from the same breeding trio. None of the other eggs have pipped. Will pull the chicks from the hatcher later today, and leave the other eggs in for a day or two to see if anything develops. 5 healthy chicks is way better than I expected, given the turner mishap!