Chicks not hatching

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by brierose3, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. brierose3

    brierose3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    After 21 days only one chick has hatched under my broody hen. It Is now day 23 and there are still four eggs that haven't hatched. I'm worried that the mother may abandon them soon to look after her chick. If the mother does leave the eggs, what could I do to help hatch them without an incubator?
  2. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 5, 2007
    The other eggs might not be any good[​IMG]
  3. brierose3

    brierose3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    How could I tell if they are good or not?
  4. brierose3

    brierose3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I did the float test and two eggs weren't fertile to begin with. The other two floated on their side indicating there was a chick inside. Does that mean they are alive though?
  5. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    Any luck? When you float them, you'll want to wait for the egg to settle in the water, then look for movement. It should bob a little.

    I've hatched eggs in a make shift "incubator". Which was an aluminum foil lined cardboard box with a heat lamp and dish of water.

    Good luck.

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