Feeling discouraged :(

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CrystalStevens, Mar 10, 2017.

  1. CrystalStevens

    CrystalStevens Just Hatched

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    It's day 21 and no chirps or pips or movement or anything. My third shot at hatching. I think I'm going to give up. Placed 12 eggs and 7 had movement on day 17 water candling. Day 18 candling showed great air cells and saw movement in most eggs . Should I wait or give up? I wish just one would hatch
     
  2. privett1961

    privett1961 Out Of The Brooder

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    Wait. Last night made day 21 for me .3pipped at 11.00 pm Have 5 hatched and 22 more pipped .I was weary last night .Please give it a couple more days .
     
  3. privett1961

    privett1961 Out Of The Brooder

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    Just checked two more has hatched. My incubator is an old still air Little Giant. I sure wish you great luck
     
  4. CrystalStevens

    CrystalStevens Just Hatched

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    Still nothing. Oh well guess I'll just buy some peeps
     
  5. FridayYet

    FridayYet Innocent Bystander

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    What do they look like when you candle the air cell? Any internal pips? If your temp was low you still could have some hatch.
     
  6. CrystalStevens

    CrystalStevens Just Hatched

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    I haven't pulled them out to candle since lockdown for fear of shrink wrapping. Should I check them?!
     
  7. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    I suggest you wait another day at least. It’s not that unusual for hatches to be off a day or two. If your incubator is running a little too cool they can hatch late.

    Another thought, how are you counting the days? An egg does not have a full day’s development the instant you put it in the incubator. It takes 24 hours for it to have a day’s worth of development and you can say “1” when you count days. An easy check, the day of the week you put them in is the day of the week they should hatch. If you put them in on a Friday, they should hatch on a Friday. But that is a “should”. They can still be off a couple of days.

    After 23 days, you can take any that are not pipped and do the float test. To me this is a desperation measure just before you abandon the hatch. But take a bowl of still calm water and put your eggs in it. If they have not pipped they will not drown. If there is a chick alive inside that egg that late in the incubation, the egg will wiggle on the water. If it wiggles put it back in the incubator. If it does not wiggle, there is nothing alive in there, toss the egg.
     
  8. FridayYet

    FridayYet Innocent Bystander

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    They won't shrink wrap unless there is an external pip. I'd check them.
     
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  9. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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  10. CrystalStevens

    CrystalStevens Just Hatched

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    Just candled and water rested. I put 5 of 13 back in the incubator. The other 8 were not good...
     

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