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Day 21 OMG!!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ashyannehand, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. ashyannehand

    ashyannehand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My father in law and I are hatching some bared rock eggs for the very first time with his homemade incubator. We have used the "dry" method. We have candled the eggs twice and seen devolopment (or at least what we though was devolopment). We are at day 21. The incubator has been closed for the last two days and no turning the eggs. I have seen many times on the forum people talking about seeing the eggs rock and hearing the chicks. We have seen or heard nothing. Is this normal or a bad sign? Anything we should be doing besides waiting? [​IMG]
     
  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    Just wait! If your temps have been a little on the low side it can delay the hatch...sometimes up to 2 days. So be patient...I'm sure they'll be fine! I just had some quail chicks hatch that were due yesterday...doing great now!
     
  3. ashyannehand

    ashyannehand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks we are both so nervous. This is our first try at this. I hope that it goes well. My father in law is disabled and I have been trying to find something to keep him busy and if things go well then this will be his hobby. [​IMG]
     
  4. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    Can you see in the bator w/o opening it? I wasn't sure since it's homemade. If you can see, you can look for pips (cracks) in the eggs that the chicks make to breathe. These can show up 24 hours or so before they actually hatch, but it means they're trying to get out. [​IMG]
     
  5. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    The first three times I did it, I didn't heard anything either. [​IMG] Only after they piped did I hear them. [​IMG] Don't worry, keep us updated. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

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    Yeah its hard to be patient when you think they're on a schedule... they don't know they are on a schedule. When they are ready they'll just come. Some may start later today... or tomorrow... or even after. Again, it just depends on how perfect the temps and humidity were for them.

    Don't worry just yet... its still early in the day! [​IMG]
     
  7. ashyannehand

    ashyannehand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! Keep your fingers crossed. [​IMG]
     
  8. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

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    Somtimes the rocking can be so little you might not see it, did you up you hum on day 18 ??

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  9. ashyannehand

    ashyannehand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Update - we have two eggs with pipping!!!


    SO EXCITED!!! [​IMG]
     
  10. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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