Do orpingtons often hatch late?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by hmlongino, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. hmlongino

    hmlongino Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have noticed that some breeds hatch slightly earlier than others... like white leghorns, for instance.

    But... what about orpingtons? I have lavender orpingtons in the bator now and I was wondering if they often hatch late? They aren't "late" yet... but I usually have pips at this point, day 21.

    Thanks!
    Holly
     
  2. farmgirlforever18

    farmgirlforever18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have orpingtons in the bator and its day 21 for me and i dont hear any peeps [​IMG] so maybe they hatch later
     
  3. hmlongino

    hmlongino Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just had 2 pipped. My guineas, that shared a bator with them, are hatching EARLY in a separate hatching box... so temp wasn't the issue. I think that some breeds just hatch slightly later/earlier than others. They are all so different, it makes sense.

    Let's cross our fingers that our orpingtons decide to make an entrance today!
     
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    farmgirlforever18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco

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    What causes chicks to hatch earlier or later than 21 day is the temperature in the incubator. If you have it set as much as one degree lower than 99.7, you will get a little later hatch, about a day for each degree. The same goes for if it is too warm, then they hatch earlier. Breed should not make any difference.
     
  6. hmlongino

    hmlongino Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know temperature causes delays or accelerated hatching, but I would have to argue that there is fluctuation among breeds, as well. How else do you explain multiple breeds hatching in the same bator at distinctly different days?
     
  7. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    Another thing that affects the hatch is lineage. If people keep hatching and keeping chicks that do hatch late, they are breeding this trait into their line. The next generation will be late hatchers.

    If you talk to "old timers" they will tell you to let the hatch go for 24 hours and if they don't hatch throw the eggs away.

    This trait is probably seen more in the rare breeds or lines because of the value of the bird.
     
  8. hmlongino

    hmlongino Chillin' With My Peeps

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    pips&peeps :

    Another thing that affects the hatch is lineage. If people keep hatching and keeping chicks that do hatch late, they are breeding this trait into their line. The next generation will be late hatchers.

    If you talk to "old timers" they will tell you to let the hatch go for 24 hours and if they don't hatch throw the eggs away.

    This trait is probably seen more in the rare breeds or lines because of the value of the bird.

    Good point! I had not thought of that before, and it does make sense.​
     
  9. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco

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    There is a thought. I hadn't looked at it that way. I know eggs I set from my flock almost always hatch before eggs I buy and have shipped, even if I set them all at the same time.
    That is something to think about though, pitching the ones who don't hatch in the 24-hour window. Once I get my numbers up I may do that. I don't have them lag too much though, usually within 48-hours I have them all hatched.
     

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