Day 19 -- no rocking, is this normal?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by williamsl77, Dec 26, 2011.

  1. williamsl77

    williamsl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Alright... just wondering if no rocking on Day 19 is normal? I have a variety of eggs in lockdown, silkies, barnevelders, an EE. They were all dark when candled yesterday. I saw a small amt of movement on some. I had humidity a little too high last night, but lowered it. Now it is in low 60s. Temp during switch to lockdown was a little low for a few minutes, but from understanding this isn't something to worry about. After taking turner out and getting eggs back in, it took a few hours to get it back up to 99, but it went back up to 97 pretty quickly.


    Anyway.... is not rocking bad?
     
  2. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers

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    They are supposed to hatch on day 21. So yes, it's normal.
    97 isn't too low, so I don't think it would delay the hatch too much.
    Good luck, and happy hatching! [​IMG]
     
  3. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You may never see the rocking if you're not staring at the eggs 24/7. It's the peeping and pecking that'll get your attention first.
     
  4. williamsl77

    williamsl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your reply... I know hatch is Day 21. I was asking about rocking. I have read a lot of posts and it seems a lot of people see rocking as early as day 18. I was asking if I am supposed to see rocking at this point or if most people don't see rocking until closer to hatch.

    Thanks.
     
  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:X2 - exactly
     
  6. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    Bantams like Silkies usually hatch first because they are smaller and the egg heated up faster then the others, you might have them hatching on day 19 or 20. Not all eggs rock before they hatch, I usually see a pip before I see any signs of them rocking the egg. With the temp at 97 your hatch might be slightly delayed but it shouldn't kill any of the chicks. At this stage of development they can handle different temps compared to when they were at 1 week for example.
     
  7. williamsl77

    williamsl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome! Thanks so much everyone!

    No peeping yet and I have to work today, but I'm sure I'll nose pressed to incubator when I get home.

    Thanks again!
     
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  8. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    Quote:Just make sure you don't open it [​IMG]
     
  9. Sphinx

    Sphinx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Wait, wait wait. What is this "NOT STARING AT EGGS 24/7"?! You mean some people actually go off and do other things, like sleep, eat, shower, interact with their families during the last two days? Seriously? Are they not devoted chicken parents?
     
  10. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

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    I've never seen any eggs rocking - on any day. Even when I had a great hatch - lots of peeping, pipping, zipping and hatching - but no rocking. [​IMG]
     
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