Help! I don't know if my eggs will hatch!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by VolailleAmant, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. VolailleAmant

    VolailleAmant Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Like the title states, I am worried that my eggs won't watch. today is ending the 21st day. Is it usually to hatch right in the dot of the 21st? This is my first time, there are 5 eggs underneath my 1 year old Silkie hen. I don't want them to be dead [​IMG] Is there any way that I can tell that they died internally? I have younger siblings that got into them when I was gone and put them up to their ears and heard movement.......can that have killed them? Please help me if you can!
    Worried without hope,
    @VolailleAmant
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    What day did you put them under your silkie? Have you been candling to make sure they were fertile and developing?
     
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  3. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Are you counting the day she started sitting on them or did you start the next day? You don't count the first 24 as day 1. 21 days is the average if everything is perfect. Sometimes the will hatch a tad early, sometimes a tad late.
     
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  4. kwphotomom

    kwphotomom Out Of The Brooder

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    I was just wondering this very thing...I set our hen on fertilized eggs around 3:30pm on Wednesday, March 29, does that mean 21 is Wednesday, April 19th or today the 20th?!

    No pipping on any of them yet. I have candled weekly with the last time being Monday evening, saw movement with all 5 at the time.

    And to the Original Poster...I hope your eggs hatch soon, hopefully our babies are just a day or two late cracking out of their eggs!
     
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  5. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Expected hatch day is the same day of week that eggs are "set". So if you set on Wednesday your expected hatch day is Wednesday three weeks later. You don't count the day of set.
     
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  6. VolailleAmant

    VolailleAmant Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put them in March 28th. I know that they are fertile. I haven't candled them because I know that my Silkie hen will take care of them if they are fertile. How do I know that they are fertile? I heard chirping and movement the other day! DI figured that I misnumbered the days.....Hope that is all!
     
  7. VolailleAmant

    VolailleAmant Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! I think that I miscounted my days by counted the first DAY as day 1. I just realized that. If so, today is day 18......Hopefully soon!
     
  8. VolailleAmant

    VolailleAmant Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! And to you![​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  9. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    If you set the 28th, your hatch date was the 18th :) If you heard peeping she's got some hatched under there or some working on hatching.
     
  10. kwphotomom

    kwphotomom Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! I just checked on our hen and she hopped up to say hello so I peeked at the eggs real quick before she plopped back down. Couldn't get a good look, but I think one of them might have the beginnings of a pip! Shell looked sort of cracked in one tiny spot, but it had not chipped off yet so not sure if the hole is completely open yet. She wasn't off for more than a few seconds though, so couldn't see much. Hoping things get rolling soon!
     

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