Eggs hatching days apart

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ZenaO, Apr 8, 2016.

  1. ZenaO

    ZenaO New Egg

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    My eggs were due to hatch Monday and started on Tuesday. It is now Friday and still have random eggs pipping. Did a float test last night and still have 6 viable eggs. Why are they hatching so far apart and when should I give up on the other eggs that seem to be good but havent pipped
     
  2. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I assume all were set at the same time.

    Could be cold spots in the incubator. I have a lg 10300 that is giving me fits with it temperature variations.

    I would give up on eggs when I candle and see no movement. Usually I call them a loss at day 24.

    But will candle just to be sure.
     
  3. ZenaO

    ZenaO New Egg

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    All set at same time...today is day 25 and i have one pipping right now. I candled last night didnt see any movement but the float test showed 6 viable eggs. I was gonna give up yesterday but didnt because of the float test and now one is hatching. Im afraid if i give up too soon I will comit chicky murder...lol..how long is too long in the incubator
     
  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I agree. It sounds like your temps are a little low to begin with and probably have various cold spots. The float test, unless you see eggs wiggle independently isn't much help. Any egg with a big enough air cell to hold it up will float. I don't hold out much hope after day 23/24 either. I wouldn't pull the plug on a live chick, but after day 23 your chances of development issues increases. The further you get from "hatch day" the higher the possibilities of unhealthy chicks. I call it when I candle and see no movement.

    You can wait as long as you want. I'd candle and the ones that show no lifeand I would tape into the air cell to double check and proceed with eggtopsies.
     
  5. nileserenity

    nileserenity Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm in a similar situation day 23 discovered thermometer reading was of 4-5 degrees (running low temp) since incubation started. These are dark maran eggs so I can only see big air cell when candling. Float test had 5 or 6 wigglers now day 24 no peeps or pips. Knowing they are alive but slowed by temps what to do?
     
  6. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    There's nothing you can do but wait it out or give up. My very first hatch (before I knew how important it was to check therms-even new ones,) my thermometer was 6 degrees off and I didn't have a clue. I ended up with one survivor that hatched day 24 and one that hatched and died day 25. The survivor ended up having a leg problem that wasn't noticeable until later on.
     
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    nileserenity Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok. Thanks. Anxiously awaiting my new arrivals and trying to hold onto hope. Already lost 13 of the eggs I set. Wishing for a miracle with these last 6
     
  8. ZenaO

    ZenaO New Egg

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    I held out and had one hatch at dsy 26...dont give up on them if they r wiggling...temp make a difference...good luck
     
  9. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I know people that pull the plug at the end of day 22 regardless. I just couldn't if there's still life, I'd have to keep them going. Even knowing the further from day 21 the higher risk of problems.
     
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    nileserenity Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you. Ues..wiggle in float test. Not incubator
     

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