First time hatcher questions! One out 12 in!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ilikethedesert, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. ilikethedesert

    ilikethedesert Out Of The Brooder

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    I'd love any advice or encouragement! Today is day 21. I have 11 Silkie eggs and 4 of my neighbors Dutch variety. All were candled and looked viable lat week. One pipped around 8am and hatched [​IMG] around 6pm. It's now 11:34 and this little one, (who has alot of energy) is still wet and has some gooey stuff on it's back. There was alot more but I think it was absorbed. There is a white stringy looking thing on it's back. It's getting closer to standing up, but not there yet. So cute. So my questions:

    How long does it take a silkie to dry? It's 100.4 degrees and 61% humidity.
    I see no other pips. Are they all doomed??????
    Should I go to bed and hope for something in the am. I totally won't sleep. Feel like I did when my human babies were all overdue.
    Seeing as they were all in the same incubator, I thought they would hatch in the same day. i guess Mother Nature has other plans....

    any help?
    Steph
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    No they are not doomed. I often wait an extra two days for them to hatch. Silkies to me seem like they look like that for the better part of a week. Their feathers are not the normal down.
     
  3. ilikethedesert

    ilikethedesert Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you!!! Alright. Off to try to sleep!
     
  4. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:[​IMG] You will be fine. Let them be. You will probably wake up to chicks.
     
  5. ilikethedesert

    ilikethedesert Out Of The Brooder

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    7:23 am and nothing more yet. The first one had what looked like it could be a yolk sack so I'm hoping it was an early hatcher and the rest will come out today!
     
  6. teresa-78

    teresa-78 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    come on little chickies [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. lovin my birds

    lovin my birds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hope your babies hatch. Today is day 20 for me on my second hatch ever. First hatch only one hatched and then died the next day. [​IMG] I dont know what went wrong. But I am not giving up hope. [​IMG] Good Luck!
     

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