1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

I should have waited longer.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by delsi64, May 12, 2009.

  1. delsi64

    delsi64 Out Of The Brooder

    84
    0
    39
    Apr 16, 2009
    Riverton
    I have a question. I am new to hatching and am trying to figure out what I am doing wrong. First, you must know that I used a 3 egg incubator (Just got a bigger one for mother's day) and I put three eggs in it. I threw one away because I could tell it had stopped growing. This is the second time I used it. The first time only one hatched and it hatched on day 23. The other two died. So this was my second time in hatching with this little incubator. Anyway today was day 24 so I decided to open them up (I hate doing that) but I really want to learn how to incubate. Anyway, when I pipped a whole in it I heard little peeps so I did the other egg too. It shocked me because i thought they would be dead. Then I got nervous that they were just having a hard time getting out of the shell because it was three days late. So I opened the shell up a little more. Of course they died after a few seconds. I opened it up completely and the yolk was still big. My question is why aren't they developing and not hatching? Should I have just waited a few more days? They seem developed. Also, how soon before they hatch do they take in the yolk? My thermometer says 100 degress all the time with a little variation that I adjust for. The humidity seems right because the were fairly wet. The other question I have is would it have been better if I just left the little hole in and then left it alone? Do I just go through the shell? I hate to just throw them away if they are still alive and I hate to open them up only to see them die. I would appreciate any suggestions. But no judging please, I feel bad enough. I know some people have said to just throw them away so your flock doesn't become weak or inherit longer hatch times and some people help their chicks. But I am not hatching successfully yet and I want to learn to do everything I can to make them healthy and strong. I can work my way up to throwing them away but I have to feel confident that I am doing everything right first. Any objective suggestions would be appreciated.
     
  2. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    25,007
    68
    388
    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    I would get another thermometer..also, I would have waited another day or two---I dont blame you for wanting to check..we all have our weak moments...I have one pipping now and I want to get it out--just for my selfish needs LOL...I will wait until day 25-or 26 probably.-but that's just me.. Im sorry for your loss-have you thought about buying a duel hygrometer/thermometer? I have 2 in and the cheapy glass thermometer that came with my bator and they all differ a little but totally helps to ease my thoughts on temp spikes and such...
     
  3. wanda047

    wanda047 Chillin' With My Peeps

    602
    3
    141
    Mar 26, 2009
    Hardy, Arkansas
    Without being judgemental, you might have tried candling the eggs before opening them. And next time, maybe give the chicks a few extra days. No doubt you'll figure it all out.

    Just keep reading the posts here. do lots of research. There are so many helpful posts and tips here on BYC.
     
  4. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

    3,701
    10
    223
    May 24, 2008
    Southeast Arkansas
    Where were you measuring the temperature? it should be 101.5 or so on top of the eggs, because of the way heat rises without a fan, the bottom of the eggs are cooler. This might be why they are hatching late. Now that you have a bigger incubator you should do better, but if it is still air without a fan, the temp will still be measured on top of the eggs at 101.5 to 102 (different manufacturers have different instructions.) If it has a fan, then 99.5 is just right. ( and I have still had a few late hatches).
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by