Day 22. What did I do wrong.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bearz, May 20, 2008.

  1. bearz

    bearz Songster

    May 20, 2008
    OK, my son inherited his grandma's chicken/egg business when she died in March. I knew nothing about eggs but read up on all the hatching procedures. My son is 8, so we are learning together. Here's what we did:

    Incubator with automatic turner set on exactly 100 degrees. Eggs in with larger side up. Put in water per directions. 47 eggs in the incubator. Some were older, some were fresh. on day 18 took them out of the turner, added more water per instructions and put them back. Kept them warm during transfer and watched the temp like a hawk.

    Not one of the eggs has started to hatch. I thought they were to hatch on day 21?

    I need help from all you experts because my son is gonna be crushed.

  2. Josie

    Josie Songster

    Jan 3, 2008
    Welcome to the forum! [​IMG]
    It could be any number of things.
    Where did you get the eggs from, I ask because it is not uncommon for shipped eggs to have a zero hatch. it seems like that and instrument issues are the main complaints around here.
    Please don't get discouraged, it will come. How old is your son? He may surprise you, my four year old was quickly consoled me after a failed hatch, and then she skipped off to the playground.
  3. bearz

    bearz Songster

    May 20, 2008
    Our eggs came from our chickens.

    In our coop we just have 2 sets of hens/roosters. At grandma's coop there are tons of hens with the appropriate rooster, and grandma did this for many years with proven success.

    I'm just so discouraged. These were supposed to be a legacy from his grandma and I must have messed it up somehow.

    SO, what do I do now? Order chicks? Try again?
  4. MaryT

    MaryT Songster

    May 5, 2008
    Try Again! Keep reading you will figure it out!
  5. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    I am guessing you have a still air Little Giant incubator? If so, they are going to be late or won't make it to hatch. The temp for still air machines s/b closer to 101-102 throughout incubation. I would say, give them a few more days and hopefully they just hatch late for you.

  6. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I was just going to post that if its a LG your temps have been low ...give them a few more days...

    Did you candle?....
  7. Zookeeper9000

    Zookeeper9000 Songster

    Mar 1, 2008
    Gladstone MI
    If ya do have a still air Little Giant I did a post with ?'s on it and got great results from people who use them all the time. It was my first time hatching and I had heard such bad things about them. I put in 40 eggs and got 23 chicks not bad for my first time. Most of the eggs that didn't hatch had quit on me before or around day 18, 2 pipped and hit blood and died in shell, 3 pipped the membrain and not the shell.

    They may be late so hang in there.

    Happy Hatching vibes sent your way
  8. I would wait a day or so more and see what happens.
  9. I was hatching in the lg with not much sucess. My last batch is hatching from the lg before I bought the hovabator 1588 and we are on day 23. So I would give it a little bit longer.
  10. farmer_fred

    farmer_fred In the Brooder

    Mar 17, 2008
    hope they all hatch for you in the next day.

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