Latest hatch for eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Nutterly_uts, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. Nutterly_uts

    Nutterly_uts Out Of The Brooder

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    My eggs are now on day 22 and i've had 6 hatch (5 out of 6 silkie bantams, and 1/17 assorted non bantams)

    Is it pretty safe to assume this is all that will hatch since they hatched from day 19-22 (last chick hatched lunchtime) will no signs of pipping coming from the other eggs? I've left the newest hatchee in the incubator to hopefully kickstart any of the others into hatching if they're still alive.
    I candled and got 6/6 fertile silkies and was pretty convinced i had 12/17 of the large eggs fertile. The non bantam hatched late day 20.
     
  2. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    I would pick each one up and listen carefully for peeping, tapping or scratching sounds. If you have sound, you have live chicks. They should also be very light to feel...like picking up a chick. You can also candle them from the top and see if you see any movement. It is tough for them to move at this stage, but you may see movement and not hear anything. This would be because they haven't pipped the aircell yet. Good luck! Keep us posted. [​IMG]
     
  3. Nutterly_uts

    Nutterly_uts Out Of The Brooder

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    Am i best doing that, or leaving well alone until say monday?
     
  4. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    I would do it by the end of day 22 or early day 23. If they aren't pipped, there won't be any issue with the drying of internal membranes.
     
  5. Nutterly_uts

    Nutterly_uts Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks [​IMG]

    I will give candling a go but will still leave them in I think. Do I leave the current chick in for the full 24hrs, or do I remove him/her to join the others when I candle
     
  6. Three Cedars Silkies

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    I would remove them when you candle. I take mine out the same day and put them in the brooder. I just think they do better...learn to start walking around, eating, drinking.
     
  7. Nutterly_uts

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    I candled and am pretty sure the last silkie and another egg are dead i nthe shell (no movements at all) and the others don't look any different to when I candled them on day 10, so I think failed to develop. am giving them til monday then will turn of the incubator (day 25) then will crack em all open and see
     

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