How long is to long for chicks to hatch?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by andischickenfarm, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. andischickenfarm

    andischickenfarm Songster

    Jun 19, 2007
    N.E. Oklahoma
    The eggs were supposed to hatch today and none of them have even pipped! And last time I waited approx 5 days after due date and nothing happened and when I threw them out everyone of them had a fullsize chick in it. I don't want to do that again! Thanks in advance.

  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    chicken eggs? 21 days.

    If the chicks are fully forming but not hatching it might be that your humidity is too high and the chicks are drowning when they pip up into the air cell.

    Alternately, the temps may be running consistently low, causing a delay in hatch.

    Check out this link -

    of great info there about troubleshooting incubation/hatching issues

    Good luck!
  3. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    You can't really do much if none of them are pipping. Trying to help is more likely to end up killing a healthy chick than saving a stuck one. Is your humidity high enough? Did you figure out why the others didn't hatch? Did they even break the membrane or get completely stuck?

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