how long do we waite before giving up

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickie momma di, Mar 7, 2009.

  1. chickie momma di

    chickie momma di Songster

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    hi everyone. i have a question i hope someone can answer. how long should we hold out hope for? today is day 22 and only one pip and quiet. [​IMG] on day 20 one did hatch but somehow ended up with a twisted neck when i got home from work. very sad. she still won't leave the nest but what do we do if there arnt any good eggs? i mean will she just give up? or will she remain broody? should i take the eggs out tomorrow if we don't see anything happening?
     
  2. Eggs have been known to hatch as late as day 26 in rare cases. I would probably suggest going out to the coop at night and candeling if they are under a broody hen. If you see movement in the eggs, leave em.
     
  3. chickie momma di

    chickie momma di Songster

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    thanks. so we caan still have hope. we want this so badly for gracie. even though things aren't going her way she is such a good momma.
     
  4. for reference... I personally do not take eggs out of the incubator until at least day 24, I'd rather be sure than waste a potential showbird.
     
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    chickie momma di Songster

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    hi hay that pulletts de cajin video is awsome!!!! what pretty birds you have. [​IMG]

    we are gonna have to give her a few more days and keep our fingers crossed. [​IMG]

    i wish we knew of a hatchery thats not more than a half day ride from us where we could get her a chick if this doesn't work out. you don't know of one do you? [​IMG]

    the waiting is killing me.
     

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