Day 17 worries

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Heluerto, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. Heluerto

    Heluerto Chirping

    Jul 9, 2010
    Banbury, UK
    Ok, so I know that the temperature is a bit low, my incubator is stuffed, and needs to go back under warranty, but I continued none the less. Last night was day 17, so I cancelled the eggs prior to lockdown, but I'm sure development is well behind, I could see darkness, but only in about 1/4 of the shell. Couldn't see any blood rings but couldn't see any movement either (although didn't look for long on any eggs). Has anyone else had this at day 17 with any successes?
    Should I go into lockdown regardless or wait a bit longer?
  2. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Crowing

    Jun 19, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    Hmm hard question to answer! Hopefully someone will come by soon that knows! If it was me, I guess I would probably wait until day 19 to go into lockdown. I think lockdown is most critical when they are pipping and opening the shells, but not so much during that first day.
  3. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

    Jan 27, 2009
    You have nothing to loose to keep things going for another 4 days or so. You never know what will survive and hatch.
  4. Heluerto

    Heluerto Chirping

    Jul 9, 2010
    Banbury, UK
    Just been looking at some pics and reckon they are about 4-5 days behind?
  5. dominiquePL

    dominiquePL Chirping

    Dec 4, 2010
    A friend of mine has just had a delayed hatch of coturnix chicks. Delayed by 7 days I must add [​IMG] I have no idea how low the temp was but it must have been REALLY low. Unfortunately only 11 eggs survived out of more than 80 eggs.

    I wouldn't go into lockdown for at least 3 days. And then I would candle again to check how things are (if they're growing at all).

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