How long for the rest to hatch?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by krista74, Sep 6, 2014.

  1. krista74

    krista74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Peepers arrived very early on Day 20, my first ever chickie.

    If any more eggs are going to hatch from the remaining 6, how long should I anticipate that to take?

    How long will Broody stay in the nest to incubate them?

    Peepers seems to be very active, darting in and out from under Momma and cheeping his little head off!

    - Krista
     
  2. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    The broody will get off the nest in 24 hours or so. If she thinks the other eggs aren't going to hatch then she'll get off sooner. The broody should know when to get off. If the newly hatched one is only a couple hours old then the broody will probably stay on the nest 48 hours or longer. If it's longer then 3 days then I'd take her off.
     
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  3. krista74

    krista74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    36 hours post Peeper's arrival, and Broody is still on the nest.

    We had a dead chick this morning, half hatched, which I took away from her.

    There are 5 more eggs in the nest, no movement and no chirping. She is still stuck tight to them.

    Tomorrow I have to go away for work for the full day, so there is no-ne to check on them. I am leaving nature to it.

    I guess whatever is left in the nest the next day gets thrown out?


    Looks like Peepers is an only child....


    - Krista
     
  4. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    Peepers may be the only child. If you want you can do a water test.
     
  5. krista74

    krista74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Drop the eggs into water?

    Will that hurt the chicks if they are indeed alive in there?

    And am I looking for it to sink or float for a live egg?

    Thank you! I had not considered there might be a way to tell!

    - Krista
     
  6. krista74

    krista74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! I will do this tonight. Wish me/us luck!

    - Krista
     
  7. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    Good luck!
     
  8. krista74

    krista74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sadly, things did not go well.

    Of the 4 remaining eggs, three were rotten and one was only half developed.

    1 out of 11 is not a good hatch, even for a first-timer.

    Lets hope Broody # 2, sitting on 10 eggs at Day 2, does a little better.

    In the mean time, Broody 1 and baby Peepers are so in love with each other [​IMG]

    - Krista
     
  9. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    Aww too bad. Hope broody #2 does better!
     

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