Help please!!

Ronie

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Hello! I am BRAND new to this forum and hatching eggs as well! My daughter had the genius idea of hatching eggs as her 5th grade science project. The idea was to add 3 different types of birds in the same incubator and see if they will all hatch at the same temperature even though they have different incubation days. We started the project on May 1. Today is May 22nd. We had cortunix quail eggs that were laid on 4/28, chicken eggs that were laid 5/1 and Call duck eggs that were laid 4/29. The chicken and quail eggs went in the incubator on the same day (5/1). The duck egg went in on 5/3. Took a little longer because it didn't arrive on time. Anyway, we rotated all the eggs 3 xs a day. Candled every so often and up until lockdown day there were healthy looking eggs. On day 25 we lockdown the quail eggs, sadly non survived. Actually, most but 1 was yolk. The one looked like it stopped developing well before lockdown day. So, we figured it was because we still had to turn the chicken and duck eggs while they were on lockdown or maybe they were bad from the beginning. But the duck and chicken eggs were thriving. We set them both on day 18 for lockdown. As of now, we see nothing. No movement, no pips, nada. I hve the magicfly mini incubator. It has a water holder in the middle, I fill it to the proper point and let it do it's thing. I moved (yikes) the eggs today a bit to see if maybe they were too crammed. Like I said, first time EVER doing this and my daughter is flipping out that nothing is happening. (She took it super hard when no quails hatched). HELP!
 

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Welcome to BYC!
If you are on day 25 for the chicken eggs I'd say you better call it quits. Chicken eggs don't take that long.
(Or did I read wrong :fl)
 

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Well that's why it is called an "experiment," Results can be unexpected. Different species require difference temps & humidity. Staggered hatches (with different due dates) are also chaotic - too much opening and closing of incubator.

Even a failed hatch provides data from the experiement.
 

Ronie

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Welcome to BYC!
If you are on day 25 for the chicken eggs I'd say you better call it quits. Chicken eggs don't take that long.
(Or did I read wrong :fl)


I am on day 22, I think. I placed them in on 5/1 at 6PM.
 

Ronie

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Well that's why it is called an "experiment," Results can be unexpected. Different species require difference temps & humidity. Staggered hatches (with different due dates) are also chaotic - too much opening and closing of incubator.

Even a failed hatch provides data from the experiement.


Do you think they will still hatch?
 

Ronie

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I candled 1 yesterday just to see if it was ok. It was. Didn't want to disturb the rest. I read you're not supposed to move them after lockdown.
 

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