if i set my chicken eggs on the night of tuesday the 11-8-11 help

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by waw, Nov 28, 2011.

  1. waw

    waw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if that wensday were day one when is hatch day and lockdown
     
  2. crazyperson

    crazyperson Out Of The Brooder

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    If you set your eggs on Tuesday 11-8-11, then lockdown should have been Saturday, 11-26-11. So, lock them down now!!! As soon as possible. [​IMG]
     
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Yes, Saturday 11-26. Late lockdown does not necessarily mean disaster. There are other reasons, but the main concern is to raise the humidity and don't open the incubator for anything other than a big emergency before they pip. After they pip, the risk goes up. It is better to quit turning them before internal pip, but that is not always a disaster. Just deal with the situation you have now, don't beat yourself up about it or panic, and learn for next time.

    An egg does not have 24 hours worth of development 2 seconds after it is put in the incubator. It takes a day of development for it to have a day's worth of development. When you talk about Day 1, it seems that should be the day you put them in, but that is wrong. The day you put them in is Day 0. After they have a day of development, you are on Day 1. It can be confusing.

    An easy way to remember it for chicken eggs, the day of the week you set them is the day they should hatch. Since you set them on a Tuesday, they should hatch on a Tuesday.

    Hatching does not always happen on the 21st day. There are many things that can affect the actual hatch time. Average incubation temperature is the big one, but humidity, heredity, how you stored them before you set them, size of the eggs, and other things can affect it. Don't be surprised if they are a day or two early or late.

    Hatching is not an instantaneous process. They internally pip, externally pip, and finally zip and hatch. During this time they have to absorb the yolk, learn to breathe air instead of breathing a liquid, dry up blood vessels they no longer need, do something to get rid of that gunk in the egg so they will dry out fluffy instead of that gunk gluing their down to their body, and who knows what else. Plus it is hard work and they need to rest a bit. Some seem to do a lot of this stuff before external pip, so they zip pretty quickly after external pip. Some do a lot of this between external pip and zip, so they can go forever after external pip before they zip.

    All this variety and uncertainty makes for a nerve-wracking time. I think the best thing for you to do in your current situation is to put them in lockdown and leave them alone. There have been other posts on this forum where people were in your situation and still had great hatches. Just be patient and good luck!!!
     
  4. waw

    waw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    in that case there supposed to hatch tomorrow out of 3 2 made it into lock down
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