Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Chickengirl47, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. Chickengirl47

    Chickengirl47 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2012
    I'm on day 22, and still no chicks. Is it ok to open the incubator? And candle the eggs? Or should I just leave them alone.
  2. DirtCreature

    DirtCreature Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2011
    Olympia, Washington
    I would just leave them another 24 hours. but im no pro. i havent even hatched my first batch of eggs yet. I was thinking maybe something got slowed down. besides, i dont think you could really see anything on good eggs anyway... they would be too dark. and opening the incubator would let the humitity out that you have in.... [​IMG]
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    There are a lot of things that can effect when the eggs actually hatch. A really big one is average incubating temperature. If the incubator runs a little warm, they can pip as much as three days early. If it runs a little cool, they can be as late. Some other things that can effect it are heredity, humidity, size of eggs (large eggs are often slower), how they are stored before you start, and who knows what else. But the big one is average incubating temperature.

    The only real problem with opening the incubator during lockdown is that you might shrink wrap a chick by dropping the humidity. There is really not much risk of that unless an egg has pipped. Sometimes they will pip on the bottom where you can't see it, so bear that in mind.

    I understand you are worried right now, and I know it is a lot easier for me to say it than for you to experience it, but I don't see anything that screams for you to open it. I'd give it at least a couple of more days. Then I would not candle. If you want to check them, do the float test. This one is where you put eggs in warm water and let them float. After they settle down, if something is alive in there, you will see the egg moving in the water.

    Also, are you counting the days right? An egg does not have a full day's worth of development a few seconds after it is put in the incubator. It takes 24 hours for the egg to have a day's worth of development. So Day 1 is 24 hours after you put them in the incubator. An easy way to look at it is that the day of the week you set them is the day of the week they should hatch. If you set them on a Thursday, they should hatch on a Thursday. But that is just when they should hatch. A lot of the time, they don't get it right.
  4. Ilovemyduckies

    Ilovemyduckies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2012
    Just leave them in for a few more days. I had a duckling that didn't hatch until day 30.

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