Day 26: Keep them?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by richsbabycakes, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. richsbabycakes

    richsbabycakes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had 8 eggs in the incubator and due to a bulb blowing I ended up with temps at 72 for an unknown length of time. Two eggs have hatched, the smaller ones, one about 38 hours ago and another about 26 hours ago. One egg might be rocking a little but I'm not sure. The others looked good when candled prior to lockdown. I'm not sure if I should candle, float test or sit on my hands. I feel the urge to do something but I know that could cause more harm than good. Opinions?
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Candle them and do the float test, just in case. Lower temperatures for too long a period causes the development of the embryos to slow down, so they may still be alive in there.
     
  3. richsbabycakes

    richsbabycakes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had another one pip and she's trying to hatch now! I can't believe three at least have survived.
     
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Good luck! I would leave them undisturbed for at least another 24 hours.
     
  5. sumi

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    That's wonderful! Hope she hatches o.k. Keep us posted.
     
  6. richsbabycakes

    richsbabycakes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    #3 hasn't hatched yet but I can see her and she's trying. Unbelievably, #4 and #5 are rocking in their shells. I'm shocked. It's day 27
     
  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    [​IMG] Go chicks!

    Don't help them unless it's obvious they need it, O.K? And then help only a bit. I hope they're all 3 going to hatch out fine though! Keep us posted [​IMG]
     
  8. richsbabycakes

    richsbabycakes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone. Our third chick hatched late last night. I had to go to bed to keep from helping her. I haven't seen movement in eggs 4 and 5 but I haven't spent a long time watching them either. Hatching really is the most amazing thing to watch. So thankful my kids and I had the opportunity to do this!
     
  9. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    That's great! When I hatched chicks I had people come round to watch. It really is amazing to see. I'll never get tired of it.
     

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