Can I help then chicks hatch?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by new2thechickworld, Mar 28, 2008.

  1. new2thechickworld

    new2thechickworld In the Brooder

    Mar 21, 2008
    This is our first time with incubating and I still have lots of questions.

    Day 21 for our eggs was this past Tuesday March 25, we still have no chicks. Is this okay?

    Should I try to get one started? And if so is there info or a website that tells you how?

    Is it okay for them to go this long and not hatch?

    Any advice would be helpful. Thank you
  2. Red

    Red Songster

    Mar 17, 2007
    Hi! If your temps have been low, even a tiny bit low, i think that can slow the chicks down and make them a few days late...

    If it's only 21 days i wouldn't be too worried yet. One of our eggs hatched on day 20, and then three on day 22 and one on day 23...I'm not sure about trying to get one started, maybe wait a while longer and see if anything happens??

    Good luck with your hatch! [​IMG]
  3. twigg

    twigg Cooped up

    Mar 2, 2008
    There is a Sticky at the top of this forum that tells you how [​IMG]

    It's now day 24, any hatched?
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Have you candled to see if there's still movement?
  5. new2thechickworld

    new2thechickworld In the Brooder

    Mar 21, 2008
    I did read all the pages up top about helping them hatch. It did give my the incouragement to help them along.

    I followed the steps and the results are-

    We have 3 live chicks who had gotten through the blood vessel membranes and the beaks were out, they are all moving and chirpping (one more than the others),

    There membrane was so dry they could have never made it through. I put them back in the incubator to see if they can finish it on there own.

    I will continue to nervously watch over them.
  6. new2thechickworld

    new2thechickworld In the Brooder

    Mar 21, 2008
    I do have another question-

    I have the humidity at 85 and the temp at 98-

    I have the little giant still air incubator-

    Should I take the 2 red air hole plugs out of the top?

    Or do I leave them in, because I still have 12 more eggs that need to incubate a little more.
  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Your temps should be 101 - 102 at the top of the eggs in a still air incubator. That might account for the slow hatch.

    I would take one plug out and get the humidity down to 70%. At 85% condensation can cause them to drown.
  8. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    One vent plug open for air for them to breathe...

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