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

    Dec 2, 2013
    Rhode Island
    .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

    May 23, 2013
    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:
    you do NOT need to assist OR float test yet, but its always good to read ahead :)
  3. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 12, 2013
    Eastern WA
    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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