how late?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ChiefZero, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. ChiefZero

    ChiefZero In the Brooder

    Jun 16, 2008
    Just wondering what was the latest anyone has ever had to wait late for a duck/ chicken to hatch? I mean ducks suppose to be at 28 and chickens at 21 but has anyone ever had one live till like 40 in the egg then hatch?
  2. I dont think a chicken will live to day 40 without hatching. Sometimes from low temps they might hatch 1-3 days later.
  3. jakmallex

    jakmallex Songster

    Mar 19, 2008
    My last chick was helped out of its egg today on day 24. I think I had a delayed hatch (first pip late on day 21 hatching several every day through day 24) b/c my hen was so small and she was sitting on 12 eggs. It was probably hard to keep them all warm.
  4. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    some ducks take a longer than 28 days. I would do my research for each type first. Any reputable breeder would tell you a maximum on days for hatching. Good luck.

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