Day 20 and nothing has happened!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by peeps7, Nov 8, 2007.

  1. ZuniBee

    ZuniBee Songster

    May 8, 2007
    Zuni, Virginia
    Man, I am looking at mine every couple of minutes trying to see movement and they are only day 19. Talk about stress!

    I wish you both the best of luck.
  2. BantyChickMom

    BantyChickMom Songster

    Sep 25, 2007
    Henderson, NC
    If you stare at the egg long enough, you will see it move.

    My son and I stared so long at our first batch from day 19 on, and swore we saw the eggs move,
    so we were past the excitement stage when it actually did move on day 20.

    On my 2nd batch, I had one that pipped, zipped and hatched on day 22.

    Hang in there, it's still not too late.
  3. peeps7

    peeps7 Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    North Carolina
    Should I candle them?
  4. cristina33

    cristina33 Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    I would if you are on day 24 !!! You dont want to get a stinky! Trust ME!!!
    Hope it turns out well.
  5. Pinenot

    Pinenot Songster

    Sep 11, 2007
    Candle them and let us know what you see. Just make sure you put a dot on the top so that you can put it back just like you picked it up. Don't know if it matters, but I don't risk anything...

    Tell us what you see!
  6. Mareloo

    Mareloo Songster

    Oct 28, 2007
    South Africa
    Peeps, I think you are way past the candling stage. If I were you, (I got this advice from Cyn) I will make a small hole in the fat side of the egg. Look inside. You will see immediately if it is still alive or dead. I have never found a life one.. I do hope you have better luck..
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    At this stage, it's time to intervene. Do what Mareloo said.
  8. peeps7

    peeps7 Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    North Carolina
    O.k sorry I haven't posted but do I take a needle and poke throught the FAT side of the egg? I've never intervened in a hatch and am nervous. What EXACTLY should I do?
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Do you have a tiny screwdriver or ice pick? What we do is use an eyeglass type screwdriver and something to tap it with and just carefully poke a hole in the very top end of the aircell. Then slowly chip a piece of shell away and tear the membrane a bit. You'll know when you get in if it's alive or not.
  10. peeps7

    peeps7 Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    North Carolina
    I do have tiny screw drivers so tonight I'll try and do the "Procedure".

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