21 days and nothing?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by sanchoman, Dec 4, 2010.

  1. sanchoman

    sanchoman Out Of The Brooder

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    I think today is the 21st day... but I could be wrong...

    I set a few eggs into my home made incubator on the 14th early morning.

    Several of them were dropped and cracked along the way but I have 2 left that I hope will hatch!

    After noticing my temps were swinging anywhere from 95 - 105 I have been very worried that they may or may not make it.

    A few days ago I received a hovabator in the mail and they've been in there now so hopefully the temp swings will be a thing of the past... if not for this hatch maybe for future hatches.

    Is today the 21st day? Am I supposed to notice "pipping" by now?

    Can I candle to see if they're on track? Oh man... I'm excited yet nervous.
     
  2. sanchoman

    sanchoman Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 8 RIR and 8 EE eggs ready to go in once these are out of the bator.

    I am on pins and needles hoping they're ok...

    Still no pipping yet...
     
  3. luvanimals2

    luvanimals2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, Aren't you in lockdown by now? Did you increase the humidity and stop turning? Isnt it too late to candle at this point since you cannot open the incubator? I usually will see them pecking on the 20th day but this will depend on your temps. Some come early and some are a little late. I would suggest that you do some reading before you put the second hatch in the Hovabator.

    Good Luck to you!

    Nancy
     
  4. sanchoman

    sanchoman Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, we're on lockdown.

    I don't have a device to check the humidity but the instructions on the hovabator say to fill the resevoirs, which I did.

    They haven't been candled since going in.
     
  5. satay

    satay oz-e-chick

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    No you can't candle now. Leave them as they are for a few more days yet. I agree too that you need to do a lot more reading before you put the next lot in the incubator. I would also suggest you find a way of testing your humidity as this can make a lot of difference to the hatch. Temperature spikes can kill eggs too. Are these your own eggs or shipped eggs?
     
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  6. kennedyscochins

    kennedyscochins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe you are on day 20, not 21. If you put them in on the 14th and November has 30 days, that equals 16 days plus the 4 days in december (just typing it out to make sure I'm right). If your temperatures were a little high, they should hatch a day or two early. If your temps are low, they will hatch late. If your humidity is not high enough, I don't think they will hatch at all. But, if I were you, I would just sit back and relax. Give them a couple more days at least! Good luck!
     
  7. justtoni44

    justtoni44 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    HI, I don't have an answer about day 21. I had some hatch on day 25.....
    Just wanted to encourage you to purchase a hydrometer to check humdity before your next attempt.
    I purchased mine at pet mart in the reptile section for about $6.00.............
    Also had read here that 105 would kill the eggs but I had two spikes.1, 109 and another 106
    last hatch and they made it. The spikes were very short term though.
    Good luck [​IMG]
     
  8. sanchoman

    sanchoman Out Of The Brooder

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    I appreciate all the responses!

    The eggs are from my flock.

    Thank you clearing up if I was on day 20 or 21!

    I will definately be making a trip to the pet store and waiting a few days to see if something happens!
     
  9. kennedyscochins

    kennedyscochins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Walmart also sells hygrometers. At my local walmart, they are where the outdoor temperature gauges are.
     

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