Hatch day and nothing!

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by justcackle, Aug 18, 2013.

  1. justcackle

    justcackle Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a bantam setting on 9 of her eggs. It has been about 21 days and nothing is happening. I do not know if they are fertile. I candled and they were dark with air sac. Her nest is out in the open in my garden! I tried to move her but she would not stay. I do have her fenced off and was planning to move her and chicks as soon as they hatched. Question, should I move her now? The nights are getting cooler. Or should I put eggs in incubator? Or just leave her alone?
     
  2. SIMZ

    SIMZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since it's so close I would leave her for a few more days to see if any chicks hatch first. I've tried moving hens right at the hatch date (because of flooding - an emergency!), and it was very stressful for all of us. If you're sure it's been about 21 days and there aren't any chicks in 3 or 4 more days then they're probably not going to hatch.
     
  3. TTracy

    TTracy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At this point you should be able to hear the chicks pipping. When was the last time you candled? The first time my Dory went broody I think I was more worried than she was. I was just about to give up hope then suddenly one morning 1 hatched, then over the next few days they all hatched one by one.
     
  4. chicken pickin

    chicken pickin Overrun With Chickens

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    Any update today?
     
  5. justcackle

    justcackle Out Of The Brooder

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    I checked this morning and nothing! I candled them and several are real dark. I am just going to leave them and see what happens. I'll let you know if we have babies!!!
     
  6. YangGuangLei

    YangGuangLei Out Of The Brooder

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    Anything?
     
  7. justcackle

    justcackle Out Of The Brooder

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    Nothing! [​IMG] When do I give up?? I'm so sad. My little hen is still setting on them.
     
  8. TTracy

    TTracy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh.thats so sad! Its hard to give up. Maybe you could get her a couple of chicks to stick under her?
     
  9. chickarooo

    chickarooo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well just leave it for a few days sometimes babies come late once mine didn't come till day 24[​IMG]
     

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