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My chicken eggs are at day 23 and have not hatched. Is there any hope left for them?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ConfusedTaru, Mar 19, 2016.

  1. ConfusedTaru

    ConfusedTaru Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, I have been having a lot of bad luck so far with incubating eggs in an incubator. I may have a 3rd dead batch of eggs. My quail eggs look good, but my chicken eggs are on the 23rd day of incubation, and no pips, internal or otherwise. I candled them, no movement, but the egg is full with a well developed air cell, not too big or too small. I have successfully hatched eggs before, but not this time. I know what a good egg looks like when I candle it. These look exactly how they are supposed to. They were in lockdown, but at 22 days I wanted to see if they had internally pipped, and I had to switch their incubator, so I took the opportunity. I have been raising chickens for a few years, and know how to hatch them with a broody, but that is super easy, just let her do the work. I am wondering, should I give up on these eggs? And how can I get better hatches next time? Thank you for helping me with this, I honestly just wish I had a good broody who would hatch some eggs for me. I really wanted some chicks for Easter, and hope these guys are just late bloomers. The temp has been about 98- 100 degrees in a still air incubator, so they should have hatched. Oh well, I now know that chickens are just better at some things than we are... like hatching chicks and laying eggs and flying.... [​IMG]
    Thanks again!
    -ConfusedTaru
     
  2. knightgang

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    Incubation in not just about the air temp but also about humidity. If humidity was not right, especially in the last 3 days prior to day 21, then they may be lost. However I really don't know what chance they still have at day 23, never had any go that far.

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  3. knightgang

    knightgang Out Of The Brooder

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    Test

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  4. knightgang

    knightgang Out Of The Brooder

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    Incubating is about temp and humidity. If humidity is not right, especially the last three says, they could be lost.

    I honestly don't know what chance they have at day 23, I never had any go that long.

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  5. knightgang

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    If I posted twice my apologies, my replies are not showing on my phone after they post.

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  6. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    What was your humidity the first 17 days?
     
  7. Kfedchix

    Kfedchix New Egg

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    Starting my first hatch.... As my chickens lay, can I add eggs to the incubator? And if I'm not supposed to because of opening it, hitter do I check to see if they are fertile? Thanks
     
  8. ConfusedTaru

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    About 32%, and now they are at 48% for lockdown.
     
  9. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I would not. If you do that you are looking at a staggered hatch. And while staggered hatches can be successful, if you don't have a second bator for hatch they can be hard and you can't give the eggs the optimal conditions they need throughout the incubation/hatch, especially where turning and humidity is concerned. You would be better off collecting the eggs that you want to set over the week period, storing them (most store upright in cartons at 50-65F and many tilt during storage) and then setting them all at once.

    That's a good humidity for the first 17 days if it's accurate, but that's a real low hatching humidity. I wouldn't hatch less than 60-65% if you are hands off and 70-75% hands on.
     
  10. ConfusedTaru

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    Okay, I will try to increase the humidity. I should be getting some quail in the same bator any minute now, really, so I should correct the humidity. Thank you for responding so quickly!
    -ConfusedTaru
     

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