1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Anxious, First Hatch in my bator

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by AmandaF, Sep 24, 2015.

  1. AmandaF

    AmandaF New Egg

    9
    0
    7
    Sep 24, 2015
    Louisville, Ms
    So this is my first hatch of eggs in a incubator. I took the turner out on day 18, put paper towels down, laid the eggs in along with a wet sponge. My temp has been 99.5 to 100.00 the entire time & humidity from 45 to 50%. As of today ( day 21) I have no signs of life [​IMG][​IMG] No popping, moving, chirping, NOTHING

    I'm still holding hope tho
     
  2. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,634
    210
    203
    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    77,123
    5,414
    686
    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    All chicks do not hatch at 21 days on the dot. You may want to gently tap an egg or two, to see if there is some response, or even chirp at it. That is what early hatchers would do and it tends to get the others focused on hatching. Have you candled the eggs at any stage of their development?
     
  4. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

    32,656
    6,825
    568
    Dec 12, 2013
    Wyoming
    [​IMG]

    I've never hatched eggs before but the link trailrider330 gave you would be a good place to check in. Good luck, hope you get some chicks soon!
     
  5. AmandaF

    AmandaF New Egg

    9
    0
    7
    Sep 24, 2015
    Louisville, Ms
    Yes I tried to candle, but wasn't really sure on what I was looking for.. Still nothing this morning [​IMG]
     
  6. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    17,080
    2,266
    426
    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! How did you count your days? Did you count day 1 as the day you set or after a full 24 hours of incubation? I agree with drumstick that not all chicks hatch exactly on day 21, some are a little early some are a little late. Also if your temps have been a little low this can cause a delayed hatch. Did you double check your temps with a seperate thermometer? What kind of incubator are you using?

    Here are some candling pics in this link to compare your eggs against ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=230
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2015
  7. AmandaF

    AmandaF New Egg

    9
    0
    7
    Sep 24, 2015
    Louisville, Ms
    I counted day 1 as 24 total hours in the bator, I put in at 3pm on sept 3, so I counted sep 4 th as day 1. I bought a new little giant styrofoam still air incubator. I have not double checked my temp or humidity with another source. Should I do that now?
     
  8. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    17,080
    2,266
    426
    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire UK
    My Coop
    I think I know your problem. As you have a still air incubator the temp should be 101-102 f measured at the top of the eggs. As you have no fan to circulate the air/heat around the incubator you need a higher temp. Give me 2 minutes and I will dig an article out for you.
     
  9. AmandaF

    AmandaF New Egg

    9
    0
    7
    Sep 24, 2015
    Louisville, Ms
    That's what I was wondering! So I have 41 eggs in there, how the heck do I candle all the eggs without cooling them down too much.. Or should I just leave them alone for at least another day before doing anything..
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by