22 days under the hen - are they going to hatch?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Sue Hawley, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. Sue Hawley

    Sue Hawley New Egg

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    My hen went boordy so I got some fertilized eggs for her to sit on. It is day 22 now and they are looking the same as day 1.
    I really thought yesterday they would hatch, I'm getting kind of sad now. Any words of advice out there?

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  2. steffpeck

    steffpeck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    Have you candled any of them?
     
  3. Sue Hawley

    Sue Hawley New Egg

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    No, I havn't candled the eggs.
     
  4. steffpeck

    steffpeck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    I would candle a couple of them and see if you see anything in them. Let us know what you see.
     
  5. tropicalchicken

    tropicalchicken Out Of The Brooder

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    We went to day 24 and our last one hatched on that day. Ours were really hard to candle, shells were really dark and thick. We ended up with three alive out of 30. My husband did open all the others up and most were just duds, with a couple that made it enough to form some and then died.

    If you can't candle wait just a couple more days.
     
  6. Sue Hawley

    Sue Hawley New Egg

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    I think I'll just have to wait. Not much point in candeling because I don't know what I'm looking for and I only have the 2 eggs. Also, the hen doesn't really like me right now! I swear I felt a little tap from inside one of the eggs... maybe tomorrow. It has helped me to be able to read thorough other peoples adventures with chckens and hatching while I wait. I can see how addictive the whole thing is.
     
  7. Sue Hawley

    Sue Hawley New Egg

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    25 days, it is all over. The eggs were only about 1/3 developed when I broke them to check.
    I gave my hen back some golf balls to sit on instead of the dead eggs. If I can find some day-olds maybe I will try her with them. Otherwise it is time for some new hens for the poor lonely rooster. He has been waiting for some action for awhile now.
    I am a little bit dissapointed now but honestly. I can't wait to try again.
    Thanks for your support.
     

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