Bantam eggs hatch on day 20: Fact or Myth?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by silkies4penny, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. silkies4penny

    silkies4penny Out Of The Brooder

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    Just wondering how many people are consistantly getting their bantam eggs to hatch a day early, I have tried three times now hatching, and never have they hatched on day 20. always 21 or later.
     
  2. 2hot2chicken

    2hot2chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think a lot of it has more to do with them temps than the breed or size. If you keep your eggs on the cooler side of the safe range then your eggs will tend to be 21 days or later, On the warmer side they will most likly come a day or so earlier. Having warmer temps just to get them to hatch a little early can also be detrimental as well though. It can cause deformities in the chicks, and the same with cooler temps. If your temps are steady and you are getting hatches on day 21 or 22 and they are not deformed then you are doing it all right. Don't worry to much about your bantams not hatching early like some peoples : )
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Day 21 is an estimate anyway. They can hatch on Day 19-22 and be within normal range, whether bantam or standard.
     

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