It's day 20, why haven't they hatched?!!!!

Sphinx

Crowing
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May 10, 2010
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Yes, yes. I completely understand that normal gestation for a chicken is 21 days.

But I've been so patient. They should hatch early for me. Other people get early hatches. I should too.



(I gave up all soda/sugar/sweets for the month of January, which means I'm going through some serious withdrawals right now. I may be a teensy, tiny bit on edge....)
 

Sphinx

Crowing
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May 10, 2010
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Utah
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I think I'd have to be committed. And while I hate to take comfort from other's misfortune, I do feel better. Actually, my last hatch had a zero hatch rate- it turned out my incubator was broken. I thought it was just the turner, but it was something a lot more serious. This is my first hatch since it was repaired, so I've been fretting. At least last time I was fairly convinced they'd all died by day 13-14, so I wasn't on the edge of my seat. I hope you have some pips today.
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chicmom

Dances with Chickens
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Feb 24, 2009
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I hate hatching, and yet, I still do it......Oh the waiting! Very bothersome......Mine always seem to start hatching right after lockdown....Then I worry about the eggs that haven't hatched by day 21....are they shrink wrapped in there? Are they trying desperately to get out with no luck? WORRY WORRY WORRY......

I just can't stand it....and yet I am addicted......
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HHandbasket

The Chickeneer
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Jun 2, 2010
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I think I'd have to be committed. And while I hate to take comfort from other's misfortune, I do feel better. Actually, my last hatch had a zero hatch rate- it turned out my incubator was broken. I thought it was just the turner, but it was something a lot more serious. This is my first hatch since it was repaired, so I've been fretting. At least last time I was fairly convinced they'd all died by day 13-14, so I wasn't on the edge of my seat. I hope you have some pips today.
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This is our third 0 hatch since we moved here. I don't understand. In our last house, using the exact same parameters and exact same incubators, we would always get at least a few chicks every hatch! We had so many chicks last spring, we were GIVING them away because I couldn't sell them fast enough!

I think it has to do with the arid climate we moved to. No matter what I do during lockdown, I can never get the humidity over 50%, and they die in lockdown. I am going to try a dry hatch next time and not fill the water trays until lockdown and hopefully won't kill another batch at the end of incubation.
 

Sphinx

Crowing
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May 10, 2010
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Utah
Hmm, maybe the humidity change is the factor. I live in a very dry climate, but we've put a humidifier on our furnace, so our house is sitting around 55% humidity, which is nice.



I think I figured out why they haven't hatched early- I gave birth to all of my human babies before my due date, so this is karma from all of the overdue women out there.
 

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