Day 23 & no chicks :(

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ite77, Jun 20, 2016.

  1. ite77

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    I have a very broody hen sitting on 14 eggs for 22 days now. She is from a flock of 4 hens & 1 rooster. I separated the rest of the flock from her in the very beginning. Although it's been 22 days, still no peeping or movement in the eggs. She still does leave the nest a couple times a day but always goes right back to sitting. How much longer should I wait before assuming my eggs won't hatch?
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Has there been any progress yet? I have had an egg or two hatch under a broody as late as day 25, so anything is possible! Have you candled the eggs at any stage to check if they are fertile and developing?
     
  3. ite77

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    Yes!!!! This evening, the end of day 25. I counted 3 so far but she won't let me look lol!! So so super excited!! [​IMG]
     
  4. urbannarnia27

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    Today is day 21 for us and I have 2 little faces so far and I can see the third is /was hatching but I can't tell if it's alive / where it's at cause momma won't let me get a good look. How long do I wait? I don't want to leave a rotting situation in the nest...the 2 chicks have hatched nearly 24 hours apart as far as I can tell.
     
  5. ite77

    ite77 New Egg

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    My first ones just hatched this evening, the end of day 25. I was just walking over to take the eggs out and discard them. So my advice would be, wait! :D
     
  6. urbannarnia27

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    Thanks. I'm a bit edgy cause I lost 2 yesterday to another broody. Looks like she squashed them mid-hatch. So upsetting. I don't want to mess with nature but I don't want the chicks to be hanging out with a body either [​IMG] My first "crack" at hatching chicks! So exciting I agree :)
     
  7. urbannarnia27

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    All finished and 2/5 alive and healthy. The 3rd from this nest didn't make it and was still in the shell. Aren't they gorgeous? Momma seems rather thrilled.
     
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  8. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Congratulations on the hatches, both of you!
     
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  9. SLucchesi

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    Good to know this, as we are on day 21 with only i chick hatch yesterday. I am hoping for at least 1 more hatch!
     
  10. urbannarnia27

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    Any news? Good I hope???
     

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