21 days on and nothing happening...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by samois, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. samois

    samois New Egg

    Aug 10, 2010
    For the 1st time we've put two eggs under Mireille, one of our three french hens. The eggs we were given were supposedly fertilised - we just have hens and no cockerels. The 21 days are up today but I can't hear any pipping. I know I could try the torchlight/candling technique but I'd rather not disturb the sitting hen.

    My question is: Are we 100% likely to not have either egg hatch, or should I leave it a bit longer? We are all on tenterhooks after counting the days... If it is a no-go, then can anyone give tips for rehabilitating a broody hen back into the team?

    Thanks for any suggestions...this is my first go at posting on the Backyardchickens forum.
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    [​IMG] Welcome to the forum! [​IMG] Glad you are here! [​IMG]

    I'd give it a couple of more days. Some eggs just take longer to develop than others. Also, are you counting the days right? It is really easy to get confused about that. It takes 21 days of 24 hour development for an egg to develop 21 days. An easy way to look at it is that the egg should hatch on the day of the week you set the egg. If you put the eggs under the hen at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, the 21 days is up at 7:00 p.m. on a Tuesday, not on a Monday.

    If you do decide to break he broody, this thread should help. I am strongly in favor of the wire cage method and have had consistent success with that.

    Break a Broody Thread
  3. wekiva bird

    wekiva bird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2010
    South Carolina
    [​IMG] [​IMG] from south caroilna/ fla. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  4. white01

    white01 Brady Brook Poultry

    May 11, 2010
    West Enfield,Maine
    [​IMG] from Maine [​IMG]
  5. RedRoosterFarm

    RedRoosterFarm **LOVE MY SERAMAS**

    Mar 25, 2010
    Eatonville, Washington
    WELCOME! Wait a few more days. Some time my hens take 25 days because they are on and off. Its not like my GQF's.
  6. fluffystuffs808

    fluffystuffs808 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 22, 2009
    keep us posted! ALOHA form HAWAII !! [​IMG]
  7. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    May 6, 2010
    My Coop
    Hello samois and [​IMG] from Tucson, AZ. What happened with your eggs?

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