Day 24 - Not One Hatched Egg!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by carniven, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. carniven

    carniven Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 14, 2009
    Cape Cod
    I purchased six Big Buff Orpington hatching eggs and not one has hatched. It's now Day 24 and no sign of anything happening. They've been in the Hovabator at 99-100 degrees. Humidity was between 50 & 65 through Day 18, then 75+ since. Should I give up and try again? We're all so disappointed.
  2. TheBuff

    TheBuff Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 13, 2009
    S.E. IOWA
    That's plenty of time. I would scarifice one egg and break it open.none of them may be fertile. I have always hatched a day early, on time, a day late. but hardlyever 3 days over. It sounds like the temp & moisture is good.
  3. chicklady63

    chicklady63 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 10, 2009
    If they were shipped it can really reduce their viability. I've had really bad hatches from shipped eggs as well, but sometimes that's the only way to get the breed & quality you want. Have you candled to see if there's any movement at all? I would think they were not alive after this long. I have been known to take a very sharp eyebrow tweezer and chip away at the top of the big end of the egg and look down into it to see if I can see any movement below the membrane. If you touch it gently with the dull handle-end of the tweezers and nothing respones - then the chick is dead. If you candle and still see fluid after this long, I would say they died sometime during incubation. Often times when I see fluid at this many days I don't open the egg as the can be rotten and explode on you - not a pleasant experience at all.
    Good luck with your attempts to discover what's happening and better luck next time with the hatch.
  4. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2666.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Ru

    Oct 20, 2008
    Benton, Arkansas
    another thing that I've read is you can tap the egg and listen for cheeping. They should cheep at you if they're alive.

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