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Do chickens almost always hatch at 21 days?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by somadlyinlove, May 9, 2011.

  1. somadlyinlove

    somadlyinlove Songster

    I have my first broody hens (3 at once) sitting on a total of 11 eggs some are EE some Australorp. and a few mixes 21 days will be up for 8 of them this thursday and the rest Saturday I'm guessing, because my Silkie took a few days to settle down after I moved her when I first got the fertile eggs. I have not candled at all but 1 egg cracked (crushed ) last week and the chick inside was nicely formed to that point. [​IMG] Sorry for her but happy they are fertile. Is 21 day pretty much a sure thing or does it vary?

  2. bburn

    bburn Songster

    Jul 9, 2010
    Delaware, Arkansas
    Sorry. No sure thing. They can start hatching at 19 to 22 days. You never know. But isn't it exciting?
  3. McGoo

    McGoo Songster

    I have found it to be as short as 20 days... and some 22 days, but never longer. I've got a broody sitting on ten eggs to hatch on Thurs/Friday. All the best for both of us [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  4. team edward

    team edward Songster

    Jul 11, 2010
    Amarillo Area
    The earliest mine have ever hatched on is day 18, and the lastest is day 26 [​IMG]. Good luck with your broodies![​IMG]
  5. RonnieAtkeson

    RonnieAtkeson Songster

    Sep 12, 2008
    Tahlequah Oklahoma
    When I ran my cabinet bator at 102 (thought it needed to be higher temp to warm bottom eggs) i always had chicks hatching on day 18 or at least alot of pips. Sense my cabinet broke down on me and I went back to running a 1588 genesis at 95.5 day 20 my hatches are starting and been over on day 21. This was with small batches of eggs though. Anyways before I start rambling the higher the temp (wihtout cooking them) the faster they form, lower temp, slower they form. I have found that i have less feet/beak issues running the temp around 99.5, not sure if it effects anything like that but i belive it does.
  6. somadlyinlove

    somadlyinlove Songster

    Thanks for the answers and yes I am excited!!! I will post some pics here. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] Hope they aren't all roosters!
  7. coppahed

    coppahed In the Brooder

    Sep 12, 2007
    I used to raise horses, 11 months is a long time to wait. Don't know if 21 days will be better or worse. Good to know about the temp difference in respect to hatching and developement. Unbelievable amount of info and help on this forum.

  8. Spitman

    Spitman Songster

    Apr 24, 2010
    Mine usually hatch on 19 , 20
  9. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I have had bantams hatch on day 19 or 20. The majority of mine hatch on day 21. Rarely on day 22.
  10. 1234duck

    1234duck Songster

    YIKES... Mine ARE like 26days but the Hen is ON & OFF the nest. 5/3 was 21days & ......I am gradually getting a chick one day at a time. well i got 2 so far....I POSTED Under"Chicken Behaviors & Egg Laying" ~TOPIC:}} My 1st Time w/BroodieHen Sitting 26days? } IF YOU CAN HELP ANSWER ??'s Or Give Some Advice Please. * I Type very slow took Forever to type the drama/post the 1st time. Thank you in advanced, ~Julie~ [​IMG] [​IMG] somadlyinlove, congrats on your broodie hen & Good luck with your babies. My (7)ducklings are 5 days old. GC/Rouen mixed
    Last edited: May 9, 2011

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