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A few eggs slightly wobbling (Day 21) in incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mustlovebirds, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. mustlovebirds

    mustlovebirds New Egg

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    This is my first time incubating chicken eggs (or any eggs) in an incubator. I've seen a few eggs slightly wobble (one 24 hours ago, and not since). Help! I'm like a nervous wreck.

    Can they be pecking through without any movement?

    I've not heard any peeping. Temperature has been steady. Humidity is about 74 % (If our hygrometer is correct) I've seen so many conflicting suggestions on what humidity to set on), so I just followed the Hovabator recommendation guide and filled troughs 1 & 2.

    I don't know how many times I've looked in this incubator- but it's bordering on obsession!!
     
  2. Kristi26

    Kristi26 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am working on my first hatch right now too using a hovabator! I did the same as you and followed the instructions, filling troughs one and two. On day 20.5, I saw some movement (I thought, but staring at an egg long enough makes you see things I think, lol). Then nothing. But then in the morning when I woke up after dreaming about hatching eggs (seriously), 3 had pipped! And then they started hatching like crazy! We are up to 11/14 hatched right now! I'm awaiting the others. Ours went from nothing to something pretty quickly. Some of them pipped and then took forever to hatch while others pipped and hatched pretty quickly. Each one was different. Just keep waiting! It'll happen! :)
     
  3. mustlovebirds

    mustlovebirds New Egg

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    Thank you!! That is encouraging. I'm doing this in my classroom, so 23 kids and I are super anxious. Finger nails will be very short after these next few days!!!
     
  4. Kristi26

    Kristi26 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hahaha. I understand that! What day are you on? They can hatch between days 19 and 24 and be completely fine. :)
     
  5. mustlovebirds

    mustlovebirds New Egg

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    Day 21! Which is why I was like, "Oh no! Nothing is happening!"
     
  6. Kristi26

    Kristi26 Out Of The Brooder

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    Maybe the incubator just ran cooler. Hopefully soon something will happen! It's so stressful these last few days, isn't it?
     
  7. mustlovebirds

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    Oh absolutely. I caught myself staring at them for a solid few minutes during my plan time. I'm going to need glasses from all the squinting to see those slight movements.
     
  8. jackievonn

    jackievonn Just Hatched

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    Oh my goodness, Mustlovebirds! I'm hatching in my classroom also!!! My kindergarten students are soooo excited! We've had 15 successful so far, but last night a storm knocked out the power and the chick that had zipped was still in the egg when I went to check this morning. I helped it out.....I don't know if it's going to make it or not [​IMG]‍♀️ I still have several eggs still in there but I really don't have a lot of hope for them
     
  9. mustlovebirds

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    Jackievonn we had 15 hatch, too! (After all that worrying, haha) . We had storms, but thankfully no power loss. I was afraid I might have to help one hatch, as it looked like it might be shrink wrapped in the egg, but she thankfully got out. We have 5 eggs left that we are watching, as we had seen two of them move a few days ago... but I'm not optimistic this late.
     
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  10. jackievonn

    jackievonn Just Hatched

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    What grade do you teach? Have your students been as excited as mine have been?? They just can't stand it! At center time I catch a lot of them going over and just looking.
    I candled my eggs that are left and I have movement in 3 duck eggs, nothing in any others.....I guess we'll let them stay for a few more days!
     

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