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Hatching Time For Chickens??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Buster098, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. Buster098

    Buster098 In the Brooder

    Feb 9, 2011
    Leeds, England
    Hi, I know it's 21 days for chicken eggs to hatch and ive got some eggs that have been sat on for 21 days now so are due today but is it possible to take another day at all? As of yet none have hatched, could it be too cold this time of year? [​IMG]

  2. rickerra

    rickerra Chirping

    Jan 26, 2011
    Spokane, WA
    By "sat on" I'm guessing you have a hen on the eggs? Yes, it can take an additional day or even two for the eggs to hatch... but much beyond that and chances of hatching drop off quickly.

    If the eggs were slightly on the cool side (cold weather, hen came off nest a bunch, etc..), it will slow the incubation and take longer than "normal".

    Don't give up yet!

  3. kelseygirl707

    kelseygirl707 Dances with Chickens

    Mar 3, 2009
    Lakeport, Ca.
    Yep, I have had eggs take as long as 24 days, give them time. I have heard that Momma will usually know that eggs won't hatch and throw the duds out of the nest, or get off the nest all together, so I'm guessing she knows they are still good, if she is still on them.
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2011
  4. BeccaB00

    BeccaB00 Songster

    Jun 16, 2010
    Like rickerra said - It normally takes mine about 24 hours, somtimes, (rarely) 2 days.

    Hens CAN hatch eggs this time of year. I've seen eggs hatch up to 5 days late (day 26)

    So don't give up. [​IMG] The cooler weather may be slowing the process if the eggs get cool

    when shes off the nest.

    Good luck! [​IMG]
  5. Buster098

    Buster098 In the Brooder

    Feb 9, 2011
    Leeds, England
    ohhh thank god haha I'd be gutted if they dont hatch, its the first time my chickens have started laying fertile eggs [​IMG] Thanks guys, and she did actually throw an egg out about a week and a half ago so maybe that one was dodgy. Cheers!

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