Advice - when to give up?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by LoriAS, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. LoriAS

    LoriAS Out Of The Brooder

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    This is the end of day 23. I have had a few issues during the hatch (see: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=158902 ).

    What I want to know is when to give up on the remaining unhatched eggs?

    None of the last 3 are even pipped. I have others that are due to hatch in a few days and want to get these out if possible.

    What do you think?
     
  2. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    I usually leave mine untill day 23, 24 at the longest.
     
  3. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    some people leave them till day 25 or 26 , its kinda a personal preffrence it seems, I would give them till tammrow morning then candle them for movement if you dont see any you could make a small hole in the top where the aircell is and see if they are still alive .
     
  4. countrybum

    countrybum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 15, 2008
    area pop. 96
    If they stink pull them, if not leave them a few more days, it will not hurt anything. Everyone believes that all eggs hatch after 21 days, from my experience, not true. My first hatch, I killed quit a few thinking that. I have had them take up to 25 days to hatch. My advice, put the eggs on the wire and just turn them about 3x's a day. Keep your temp around 100*, I do not understand what the newspaper was for. It seems to me you tried to much and to hard.

    1. set incubator around 100*
    2. put eggs in incubator on wire rack.
    3. turn 3x's a day
    4. keep water full
    5. candle between day 7 and 10
    6. remove any unfertile eggs
    7. candle again around day 18
    8. if you do not see movement smell check - if it does not stink put it back in.
    9. wait for hatch

    Nothing fancy or hard.
     

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