How long should I give my eggs before opening them up?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Smartie_Pants, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. Smartie_Pants

    Smartie_Pants Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2008
    Madisonville, KY
    I had 6 eggs shipped to me by Halo. One quit around day 2-3 so I am down to 5. I think one more might be a quitter too. The thing is they were under a hen who tried to get off of them twice. Once on day 17-18 and then today, which is day 20. They got pretty cold both times but they are now in an incubator I had up and running just in case. Realistically, I expect none to hatch, but I want to give them their time. They are supposed to hatch tomorrow, and four have nice air cells, but I can't see any movement. Can you see movement this far in? How many days should I give them after tomorrow?
     
  2. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    I give mine 3 days beyond due hatching date..
     
  3. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Give them a few more days past the expected hatch date, if the eggs get a little chilled while the hen is off the nest that will delay the hatch a bit
     

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