how long to wait for bantam eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chicken mum, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. chicken mum

    chicken mum New Egg

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    My eggs are on day 21 and they are Wyandotte Bantam eggs. Is this abit too long for Bantam eggs ? I thought they would be hatching at Day 18 or 19 but there is absolutely no pipping or anything. When is the latest time to wait ? Should I discard them at a certain point if there is no sign of life ? This is my first hatch (under a Broody) and I don't know anything. If these eggs are dud ones, should I get some more but would the broody stay on them for an extra 20 days ? She seems more than happy to sit there forever but i wonder if she will simply get bored. [​IMG]
     
  2. CindyS

    CindyS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My bantams are always 21 days. If the eggs are fertile, there is no reason for them not to hatch. Do you hear any noises when you put them to your ear? If they are not internally pipped by now it usually means the eggs got chilled for a while if the hen sat on the wrong nest. If you are sure of the dates, I would wait until at least day 25.
     
  3. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

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    Give them to at least day 25, If they are good you should be getting pips soon. Did you candle at all ??
     
  4. Ms. Lewis Rich

    Ms. Lewis Rich Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Seramas can be a day orr two early but Bantams are 21 days .
     
  5. citychickers

    citychickers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As far as putting more eggs under an already broody hen.....don't even think about it. I thought I could "trick" our girls. No doing. As soon as 22-23 days came with no action, they were up and out of the broody phase. They both left the nest as if some internal clock said...."Come on Tallulah...we're wasting our time here" and never looked back. I thought they might actually be upset when I took their eggs out of the coop, but they both kind of looked at me like..." Hey, good luck with those things. We got NOTHING!"

    I had to made a homemade bator to finish the rest of the hatch... and this morning we got our 1st pip.

    Every animals instincts are so unique to their breed. Our Creator is very cool that way! [​IMG]
     
  6. CindyS

    CindyS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Every chicken is different, I have some oegb that will set for 3 months at a time!
     
  7. citychickers

    citychickers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! I assumed that because mine got off the nest, that was pretty normal. Man I love BYC! I learn something new everyday! [​IMG]
     
  8. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I have a standard OEG hen that sat for almost 2 months, before we felt pitty on her and got her some chicks!

    And most all of my bantams hatch around day 19, some on day 18 and some later, but mostly on day 19. And none of them are seramas.
     
  9. pax12

    pax12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine hatch at day 20
     
  10. youdontknow32

    youdontknow32 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yea give them a couple extra days, and good luck!
     

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