Hello,I need help!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SHuff chicks, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. SHuff chicks

    SHuff chicks In the Brooder

    Dec 30, 2007
    [​IMG] I don`t know what to do.I made me a homemade incabator.Well it has took me this long to really see that I had not been doing it right.But I have 6 eggs in there and this is day 22 and no sign of moving,pips,peeps,beeps.And I am worried.I ahve tried to look on the inside of them with a light.A light bulb under a box and I know they are heavier than they were.Also I can tell that there is a big blob there,but I don`t know where there are going to hatch or not.It is keeping me awake alnight long.And actually getting on my nerves.Can anyone tell me what they think,,,,:/SHuff chicks
  2. buckbeak

    buckbeak Songster

    May 27, 2007
    Morgantown, PA
    I'm not sure what's going on, but don't give up on them yet for a few more days. What's the temp and humidity?
  3. beekybuzzard

    beekybuzzard Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    don't panic yet. It sometimes takes a little longer. I have hatched on day 24 several times and once on day 25.
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Quote:Hi, welcome. I moved this to the Incubation and Hatching page for more views.

    How have your temperatures been? If they are low, they could be late. If they got too hot, like 103, they may be dead. Use a HIGH power light or flashlight to look to see if there is a dark spot BUT, since you are on day 22, keep the bator closed for two more days.

    Eggs DO NOT get heavier when you incubate them. They are a closed system and GET LIGHTER due to evaporation. If you can see a big blob... they are probably not going to make it as they should fill up the egg by now. Try not to open the bator too many times, during incubation as that will change temps and humidity and can compromise the hatch.

    Are you sure the eggs were fertile? At this point, I say leave them be and on day 25 take them all out and crack them open into a dish to see how far in development they got or if they developed at all.

    The key to good hatches is to be able to keep temps at a constant 99.5 for a incubator with a fan, and 101.5 for incubators with no fan. Humidity at about 50 for the first 18 days, and 70 for the last three. In addition, turning eggs 3x a day for the first 18, and candling as FEW times as possible so you don't disrupt temps and humidity.

    Good luck and I hope at least someone makes it. [​IMG]
  5. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Just wanted to add to what silkie is telling you...Don't give up even if this hatch does not work out...get yourself another batch of eggs even as few as 6 if you have your own chickens and rooster and try again...we have all been where you are and thats how you learn....

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