Hatching has begun early! Just double checking on what to do.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CluksNDucks, Mar 10, 2016.

  1. CluksNDucks

    CluksNDucks Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello all,

    So it's been about 8 years since I worked with an incubator so I'm relearning. Day 21 on my chicken eggs is Sunday but I had one this morning that looked like it's already begun hatching. I didn't notice this until after I opened opened the opened the bator and turned the other 2 eggs. Now I'm just double checking but I should NOT turn the one that is hatching correct? And should I worry about turning the other 2 tonight?

    I had read that opening the bator once a day while in lock down was okay but it wasn't gonna go into lock down until tomorrrow. What do you guys think? Thanks in advance for any help. :)

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  2. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    usually people stop turning at about day 18 or 19, chicken eggs only go for about 21 days so they are on time.
     
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  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Lockdown (weird term) is today. They don't need turning any more. The chicks should have already moved into hatching position and there is no need for turning. Opening most incubators - even once - after pipping is likely to start, isn't a good idea.
    My hatcher holds and incredible amount of humid air that continues to move across the eggs so I can quickly open but those that open from the top will lose most of the humidity immediately - hence the term 'shrink wrap'.
     
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  4. CluksNDucks

    CluksNDucks Out Of The Brooder

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    Here I thought it was a day early. Sadly I didn't realize that this guy had already started pipping until after I opened it and turned the other two, should I turn them back? Probably not since that would mean opening it again...
     
  5. CluksNDucks

    CluksNDucks Out Of The Brooder

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    Now I have to teach myself patience...lol. This was always the hardest part!
     
  6. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nah don't bother them they will work themselves right. waiting is the hardest part I remember waiting on my bator about I guess it was nine years since I hatched last.
     
  7. CluksNDucks

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    It's been in the same spot of the egg for about 12 hours now, and not a lot of shell has changed either.
     
  8. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did everyone hatch out ok? I've been off of BYC the past few days
     
  9. CluksNDucks

    CluksNDucks Out Of The Brooder

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    Sadly no, one that hatched knocked another that was hatching around and caused it's death. The one that did hatch only lived 24 hours. I had a lot of humidity issues, so I'm not thinking it developed properly. Idk.
     
  10. ShanandGem

    ShanandGem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want to work on some kind of divider system before my next hatch to keep the hatched chicks from slamming into other eggs.
     

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