Day 21 hatching eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by shwaaskii, Jun 4, 2016.

  1. shwaaskii

    shwaaskii Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello!! So we are on day 21 with our broody hen sitting on her nest.. she has been very good. Rarely leaves the nest.. I've actually only caught her once or twice in the evening up drinking but quickly is back to nest. We did not candle the eggs as this is our first time. I did not know what I was doingor what to look for. I did not want to bug her. So now we're on day 21 and just checked under her and the eggs for any signs. So far no pips are shown. No cracks or holes. When do they usually start? When should I try to candle if no signs or piping ? Also how do I do it correctly? If nothing comes when do we sort of give up on the fertilized eggs?
     
  2. AtlantisPeeps

    AtlantisPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd candle! I'll tell you everything you need to know!

    1. "Steal the eggs from the broody ONE BY ONE and take it to a dark room(Pitch black). BE CAREFUL NOT TO CRACK OR DROP THE EGG!

    2. You need a flashlight! It needs to be pin size, so you can use an iPhone flashlight or make a contraption like the one I made- [​IMG][​IMG]

    3. Hold the egg on the top of the flashlight. You can gently move it around to check it out from different angles.
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    4. If it looks like any of these following pics, chuck it.
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    5. It should look like this on day 21. Mostly dark with some vain info showing; large air sack-
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    6. Now, take a pencil (you need assistance) and gently trace the air sack line so you can make sure when the chick pips that it pips in the air sack like it should.

    7. You may see an internal pip! If you do, take your pencil and draw an X where the beak is! Like this!
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    Then gently set it back under mama and grab the next one! Keep us posted!
     
  3. shwaaskii

    shwaaskii Out Of The Brooder

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    I did just try to use a flashlight in her little coop but was hard to tell ... I believe half of it was dark for most one may need to leave the nest.. it is still bright out here though . Do you think it will affect them if we bring one by one in once it's dark?? I'd hate to mess with them and momma too much!!
     
  4. AtlantisPeeps

    AtlantisPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think so. I would still candle them in the dark. Maybe wait till night when it's dark out so you don't have to take it too far? The last time I hatched with my broody I took the eggs out to candle every other day and they were fine!
     
  5. shwaaskii

    shwaaskii Out Of The Brooder

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    Awesome thanks so much! !
     
  6. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    I am sorry, but I have to respectfully dis-agree. After day 18, I would Not touch her or her eggs till after day 22. When you tilt/remove a egg it causes the moisture that was under her to escape which "could" lead to hatching problems. I have only hatched 72 in the last year alone, all hatched great and all eggs were hatched by late day 21, BUT I NEVER bother her/their eggs. I would advise you to wait another day or two before touching them or her.

    Question, when you put the eggs under her----do you count the day you put them under her as day 1 or the next day---24 hrs later as day 1???
     
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  7. shwaaskii

    shwaaskii Out Of The Brooder

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    I put them under her Friday may 14th.. I did touch then earlier :(
     
  8. shwaaskii

    shwaaskii Out Of The Brooder

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    So that next Saturday we considered day one
     
  9. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    According to my calendar May 14 is on Saturday, which would mean today is day 21, if you set them on Friday the 13th its day 22.
     
  10. shwaaskii

    shwaaskii Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry. yes it was that Friday, during the night. . So since it's day 22 what do you suggest?
     

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