How long do you wait after Day 21?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickenphile, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. chickenphile

    chickenphile Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well today is day 21 and nothing yet. I was wonderfing what is the maximum time I should wait before I throw in the towel? Should I candle to see if there is anything there or just let it be?

    thanks
    Chris
     
  2. mrandmrschicken

    mrandmrschicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chris;
    It is okay to wait a couple of days. If you want to candle, handle the eggs very carefully so as not to spin the egg or tip it up on end. Look in the air sac end... carefully, to see if you can see a beak or anything protruding into it. This will tell you if they are positioning to hatch.
    Good luck and keep us posted.

    ETA: Sometimes you will have a late bloomer or your calendar may be off too. It has happened to me several times.
     
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2009
  3. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what day did you consider day 1? it should have been 24 hours after you set the eggs.

    also, i do not advise candling at this point unless the eggs are VERY late.
     
  4. shylasgarden

    shylasgarden Out Of The Brooder

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    Chris, First I`m no expert :) but thanks to the wonderful folks here I left mine till day 24! Thinking they were doomed, but thankfully I had most actually hatch then and two more on day 25.
     
  5. chickenphile

    chickenphile Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I considered day 1 the first day after I put the eggs in the bator. They are all bantams and I thought I read here that they usually go early day 19 or 20?. Day 21 offical ends at 4pm today. I am expecting 15 welsh harlequin duck eggs today so I was hoping they went early:D

    Chris
     
  6. FINESTPOODLE

    FINESTPOODLE New Egg

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    I have a simailar problem I placed all eggs in the incubator the same day 4 days ago 4 hatched I have another 10 that so far nothing, how long do I wait?
     
  7. FINESTPOODLE

    FINESTPOODLE New Egg

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    I just cracked a few to see what happened and they were just yolks what does that mean?
     
  8. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It means that 1) they were infertile or 2) they got scrambled during shipping
     

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