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Day 22 and no pip's?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by aplynn, Jan 22, 2016.

  1. aplynn

    aplynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok so I am on Day 22 of my hatch they are a mixed bag of breeds from my layer flock. This is my second hatch and it is just a small one of 5 eggs. When I started this hatch I tried to use a smaller incubator I had never used before, it seemed to maintain the right temp for the first 24 hrs I had eggs in it, but then I could not get the temp to stay up. I moved the eggs from that incubator into my trusty ole one and all has been fine since they started wiggling a lot and development seemed fine as far as I could tell. I am now on day 22, i do not hear any peeping still and have not heard any, however, the eggs are rocking and rolling all over the place. I was wondering if maybe it could have been a late start to the hatch and that I am really only on day 20-21 of their development today? I have had a lot of people mention to me that my egg shells seem pretty solid, so I am also wondering if maybe the shells are too hard? I am only slightly worried at this point, but am looking to pick someone brain about the possible causes.
     
  2. Ameraucanas

    Ameraucanas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really have no idea, sorry.
     
  3. kuchchicks

    kuchchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My guess would be if the start in the first Bator you used was not consistently high enough then it probably delayed them a bit. The fact that they are rocking is promising. How long were they in the first Bator? I would give them a couple more days. Good luck!
     
  4. aplynn

    aplynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They were in the other one for Bot 3 days, I am gonna give them a little more time I am just not sure if I should turn them or just let them be and hope for the best.
     
  5. kuchchicks

    kuchchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't turn them. They are getting into position to pip the air cells. You don't really even need to turn chicken eggs beyond day 14.
     
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  6. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    I agree that your temp could have been a little low. Also have you got your humidity high now? At least 65% is best for lockdown and hatching. The higher humidity helps the chick pip and zip the shell.

    Good luck with your hatch, I hope you have some action soon :fl
     
  7. aplynn

    aplynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had the humidity up to between 65-70 for the last 3 going on 4 days now I think they are just delayed because their still very active and I am starting to hear them. Still crossing fingers and hoping for the best
     
  8. aplynn

    aplynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And we have some pips yay
     
  9. kuchchicks

    kuchchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yay! I hope all are healthy. Let us know.
     
  10. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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