Day 21 & no chicks yet

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by adeleroy8, Mar 1, 2015.

  1. adeleroy8

    adeleroy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Started raising chickens this past summer. One of my Red sex link hens went broody so I decided to buy some fertilized Ameraucana eggs & let her do her thing! It's day 21 and no chicks yet. Could there be something wrong or am I too impatient? What should I do? Thank you!! :/
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our "flock!"

    There is always the possibility that the eggs weren't fertile or died somewhere in the incubation. However, I wouldn't assume the worst yet. Egg development varies, with some eggs hatching early, or late. Don't give up hope of a hatch until at least day 24.
     
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC.[​IMG] I'm glad you joined our community!

    Don't worry, sometimes chicks take longer than 21 days to hatch. I'd give them a few more days at least.
     
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Good luck with the hatch! X3, eggs don't always hatch at 21 days, you might want to try candling some of the eggs to see if they are developed, if nothing is happening in the next day or two, there are some good articles in the Learning Center on it https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-and-raising-chicks
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Unless any eggs are oozing liquid or smelling badly, give them a couple more days .
     
  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Hope they hatch![​IMG]
     
  8. adeleroy8

    adeleroy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well...its day 23...still no chicks...I'm bummed...and I really feel sorry for the hen that's been laying for so long....what do I do now? How do I break her bloodiness at this point? :(
     
  9. Outpost JWB

    Outpost JWB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Were they shipped eggs? I've heard they can get "scrambled" in the shipment process and cause them to go bad. I'd still give it one more day unless like @drumstick diva posted, they are smelling or leaking. Candle them before you decide to discard them. They could just be late hatchers.
     

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