I think these eggs are goners, but here was the situation: We had a precious pair of bantam modern game chickens. The rooster was lost and about a week later we found the hen had hidden a nest. We put about 6 eggs in the incubator and after candling were down to 2 viable ones. I didn't know about the lock down idea; I was just going on the instructions with the incubator and removed the turner at day 20. I had to fiddle with changing out the floor pan and the eggs were out for about 1 minute max. We quickly candled them and thought they still looked good. This is possibly where they died. I didn't disturb things at all after that. I cracked the lid for literally 5 seconds to add some hot water via a large syringe when it got low on day 22. Today is day 24. I was only holding out hope that they would hatch late maybe with the delayed start, but is this wishful thinking? When do I pull the plug? We've fallen in love with the Silver BIrchens and they are so hard to find around here. We were really hoping to build up our flock a little with these eggs and to turn around a sad situation when we lost the roo. Uggg.