Day 22 update

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mrsengeseth, Oct 18, 2008.

  1. ...still no pips or cracks. I still have hope. Maybe later today. [​IMG]
  2. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    That's why I like the hens to hatch for me. I would constantly be watching a 'bator.
    When the hens get off the nest I look over the eggs at that time and sometimes we see one that is making it's way out but for the most part I just watch the hen. I like that so much better.
  3. lol, i gotta hatch a hen if i am gonna have a hen to sit on eggs, lol. [​IMG]
  4. ...still nothing...

    at what point do i give up? Can I let it go a day or more longer? I want to give em a chance. Although I will cry if nothing at all hatches.
  5. doodledoo

    doodledoo Songster

    Feb 29, 2008
    Cartersville, GA
    Have you candled them and if so what did you see?
  6. i didn't dare touch after day 18, should i go do it now?
  7. bumping before i candle...
  8. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    How are you hatching these eggs? Are they laying on their sides, or in a carton? If they are on their sides, have you seen any rocking? Do you hear any peeping?

    I don't think it would harm them to candle, provided there aren't any pips. They won't dry out the membrane as long as the shell isn't broke. You need to look for any that have the air sac pipped, and see if any are moving.

    Depending on the temp and humidity during incubation, they could take up to 23/24 days to hatch. After that I think it would be a lost cause.
  9. on their sides. I see rocking but i am not sure if it's from my kids running around or the trucks driving by. [​IMG]

    how will it look if the air sac is pipped? When i candled at day 18, i saw moving chicks. Since then i have been hands off and out of the bator.

    I'll go candle now and see what i got.
  10. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    If they have pipped the air sac, the air sac won't be as uniform as it was. You will be able to see the chicks head/beak in it. You could also hold the egg up to your ear and tap the side with your fingernail. If it has pipped the air sac, it will probably peep at you. If it is not asleep, you should be able to hear it tap back.

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