Day 20 and pretty sure nothing will hatch

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by FrankieMcElfresh, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. FrankieMcElfresh

    FrankieMcElfresh Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 30, 2011
    Ive been incubating eggs in my homemade incubator for 20 days now and tomorrow is the final day but when i closed up the box and raised the humidy and closed it for the last time on day 18 i candled them and i didnt see anything inside, i saw some veins and theres sort of a shadow in each eggs but idk if its the yok or what, its kinda upsetting doing all this work for nothing, and the eggs were definetly fertile, i cracked a few open the day before i put these inside and the rooster has definetly put his bullseye on them..ive done everything right, kept it around 99-101 degrees with 50-65% humidy for 18 days turning them twice a day then left them alone from day 18 to tomorrow, but im not sure anything will come out, i do need a real incubator but since everything i did seemed right i didnt think it would make a difference [​IMG] hmm this sucks. any thoughts?
  2. henney penny

    henney penny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 21, 2009
    Northern Maine
    Wait a few more days and keep the bator closed.Some chicks have hatched at 25 days or more
  3. lynnemabry

    lynnemabry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2010
    Beautiful Lake County
    dont give up. on my last hatch i had temp troubles (too high, then too low) i was sure nothing would hatch i just didnt want to throw out the eggs. out of 11 eggs 2 hatched, 2 days apart. never give up.
  4. FrankieMcElfresh

    FrankieMcElfresh Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 30, 2011
    Too be honest out of the 7 eggs, id be completely thrilled if only one hatched, since this is the first time ive incubated eggs.
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I keep my temperature at around 99.5 and the humidity around 35% if possible during incubation. Right now it is at 40% with no water and all of the vents open. At lockdown I raise it to around 75%. I have had no issues with shrink wrapping and the chicks pop right out of their shells. My hatch rate is 90% to 100%. A few hatches ago on day 23 I was going to throw out the eggs that hadn't hatched (3 eggs). I picked one of the eggs up and I heard peeping and noticed it had pipped the bottom side which I couldn't see. I removed some of the shell and moistened the membrane and put it back into the incubator and a little while later it hatched. Good luck and keep the faith... [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  6. Melissa Rose

    Melissa Rose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 14, 2011
    South Texas
  7. MamaMarcy

    MamaMarcy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2011
    Snohomish, WA
    what you describe seeing when candling sounds to me like chicks about to hatch. [​IMG]
  8. Spitman

    Spitman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2010
    ya just wait , I though I had a bunch of duds couldnt see anything in mine just looked like dark yoak in the hole egg no air pocket on day 17 . I was bummed out. But it gets worse I cracked one open , expecting to find yoak , but had a chick alive instead . Trust Me Wait !!!!
  9. billiejo21

    billiejo21 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2011
    I just had chicks hatch out on day 22 & 23...I saw nor heard anything on deay 21, thought the hatch was a bust, but decided to let them go anyway. After the hatch, I rechecked my thermometers and discovered my thermometer in my hatching incubator was 2 degrees lower than I thought before lock-down, so my temps were lower than I anticipated. I still had 100% hatch rate on those eggs...thankfully, mother nature seems to be somewhat forgiving!!! If I were you, I'd recheck your thermometers in different places in your incubator before your next hatch in case you do have an issue!! Good luck, hope some of those chicks start hatching!!! [​IMG]
  10. FrankieMcElfresh

    FrankieMcElfresh Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 30, 2011
    Thanks Everyone, im gonna just wait it out and hope for the best!

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