First time hatching need a little help!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mjws82011, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. mjws82011

    mjws82011 Out Of The Brooder

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    .So today is day 21 and my eggs were incubated in the evening, so far we have 2 chicks in the brooder and no signs of anything from the rest of the eggs at all, no pips through the shell or anything. Did I make a bunch of beginner mistakes and all I am going to end up with is 2 chicks or is it way too soon to say that since 21 days is just a guideline? Just curious what everyone thinks ;) Really happy to be a part of this site its awesome!
     
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2013
  2. Farmer Viola

    Farmer Viola Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it's too soon to tell :)
    on my first hatch, I had some hatch day 20, and some hatched as late as day 23. I was completely convinced that all 9 welsummer eggs were dead. when they started pipping day 23, I can't tell you how surprised I was! Day 25 is what is considered the "longest" you should wait.

    If mine didn't pip by day 24-25, I would candle them, and if no internal pip, then I would float test them.


    information on the float test can be found here:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/step-by-step-guide-to-assisted-hatching
    you do NOT need to assist OR float test yet, but its always good to read ahead :)
     
  3. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    I am on one week with me eggs, when candled my eggs one looks like it has weak veins compared to the others, but it is still moving in the egg so I put it back.
     

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