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Early hatches

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Mrs. Mucket, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. Mrs. Mucket

    Mrs. Mucket Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    What factors affect when eggs hatch? On my first and second hatches of Freedom Ranger offspring, most chicks hatched on Day 20, some on Day 19. This time (third hatch) I went to remove the turner for lockdown on Day 18, and two eggs had already pipped. One hatched and looks fine, the other is still peeping and enlarging the pip opening. The incubator and turner are automated and temps/humidity have appeared normal.
  2. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    Higher temps will make them hatch early. If they are consistently hatching early, the incubator temp is a little too high. What does the thermometer say?
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Temperature is the most usual deciding factor. I usually run my incubator around 100 degrees. I have had chicks hatch on day 18 or 19. I think if the eggs are warm when you put them in the incubator they tend to start developing sooner and if the eggs are cool it will take a little longer to start development. Just my opinion from my hatches.
  4. Mrs. Mucket

    Mrs. Mucket Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    The thermometer usually reads between 99 and 100 degrees F. It's a Hovabator with thermostat. Maybe I'll check with another thermometer.

    I try to keep the eggs at 55-60 degrees before hatch, but come to think of it I did bring one egg directly from coop to incubator.
  5. zebserema

    zebserema Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2011
    mine are hatching right now and its only day 18 or 19

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