Day 19 - Looks like only 2 of 14 eggs are wiggling. Is this okay??

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  1. JennyPatty84

    JennyPatty84 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Everyone!! =)

    I am on day 19 of incubating 14 dark brahma eggs. I candled the eggs at day 7 and there was only one not fertile, so I threw that one out. Lockdown commenced yesterday, so my observations are coming from trying to peek in through the windows, but it appears as though only two eggs are wiggling. I don't know if this is a bad sign, or is it common that you won't see any movement? I also heard a little chirp! Eeek! Exciting!

    Thanks so much!
    Jen =)
     
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    Did you candle them on day 18? If not you should have. Did you increase the Humidity yesterday at lock-down? Some are slower at moving, some barely move!
     
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    I didn't candle all of them, only a few. I was worried about them losing heat and didn't want to handle them too much. I did increase the humidity to 65%.

    Thanks!! =)
     
  4. PD-Riverman

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    Forget what you have possibly read---it does not hurt to open the Incubator to add water or candle the first 18 days(for chickens) as long as you do not take a extremely long time. Some candle every day. Now in my opinion I would suggest if you are going to become a hands-on-hatcher(opening the incubator during the hatch/removing hatched chicks before the rest hatch, etc) you ask questions, learn so you will have better luck at that. I am a hands-off-hatcher and I would threaten to break arms if someone opens my incubator the last 3 days---during the hatch---I do add water if needed through a vent hole, etc---make sure everything is good. Unless all hatch before---I wait till day 22 to open and remove all hatched chicks at one time----I have a very high hatch rate. That's your call--but if you choose to open to "help" during the hatch---do ask questions from these Great hands-on-hatchers before opening. Good Luck
     
  5. JennyPatty84

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    Great news!! I guess they just weren't very wiggly! 8 hatched today and three more have pipped! :D :D
     
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    We ended up with 12 chicks from 14 eggs, not to shabby! They are cute little buggers!

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