I'm worried because I jostled the incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Incubus4502, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. Incubus4502

    Incubus4502 In the Brooder

    Jan 25, 2016
    Hey, all,

    I guess I need reassurance, or perhaps condolences. It's post-lockdown Day 20ish and this morning I accidentally jostled the incubator and eggs were rolling everywhere (inside the incubator).

    Doom and gloom? Or will it be okay? Anyone else have a similar experience?

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  2. Fields Mountain Farm

    Fields Mountain Farm Beyond Poultry Dome

    Jun 6, 2017
    Dunlap TN
    :frow not necessarily doom and gloom!
    I've done the same thing a time or two, and still had decent hatches. Doesn't mean some won't hatch, but if they don't, they may not have regardless..good luck, I hope it goes well!:fl:fl
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  3. Granny Hatchet

    Granny Hatchet Tastes like chicken

    Sep 26, 2013
    madison Indiana
    day 20 chicks are hardier then we think. after hatch they jump from nest box to floor ! If it had been say, day 3 or early on when they first start developing I would worry but not now.
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    Personally I would not worry in the least about this. I've had perfect hatches where the earliest chicks that hatched played rugby with the later eggs. Even if you rolled some hard enough to crack them, at this stage I would not expect that to cause a problem unless they really shattered. And even then if the membrane is intact you will probably be OK. They are a lot tougher than many people give them credit.

    Over the years, a couple of times, I've had half an egg cup over an unhatched egg due to the chicks playing rugby, making it hard for that egg to hatch. I consider that an emergency and will open the incubator to take care of it. But just from the eggs rolling around a bit, not going to worry about it.

    I have not put a camera under a broody hen to see how much those eggs get jostled around, but I would be surprised if they did not roll around some. I think your is a case where worry is interest paid before it is due. I'm not going to tell you to not worry, you will anyway, but I really don't think this will affect your hatch.
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  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    If the eggs were viable to begin with, there should be no impact on the hatch.
  6. Incubus4502

    Incubus4502 In the Brooder

    Jan 25, 2016
    Thanks so much for the reassurances everyone!!!!
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