My First Hatch - Whats normal?

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by ChloeAnderson, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. ChloeAnderson

    ChloeAnderson New Egg

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    Hi All,
    Very excited as my first hatch should be starting on Friday. I'm wondering when I can expect the first pip - the books I've been reading say day 19 is when it will start.... No sign of pips yet. I was reading through some strings and seeing that some folks have had hatches run 22, 23 and even 24 days. I started with 5 and all seemed to be developing except one which never got started (removed yesterday when I took the turner out). On my last candling (yesterday) all of the 4 remaining eggs showed solid dark and the little I could still see what blood vessels near the air pocket. Would love to get a better idea of what "normal" is.

    Breed: Ameraucana (given to me by a friend)
    Set: 1 Feb (late in the day)
    incubator: 1588 hova-bater (Styrofoam, circulated air) with automated turner shut off yesterday (18 Feb)

    Any advice on what to expect would be great...
    thanx in advance,
    Chloe
     
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2014
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I have limited hatching experience but what happened for me was that they generally hatched on time. 50% hatch rate for shipped eggs is what I get.

    It is best if they seem to still be alive in there to wait until 3 days past the hatch date since some may hatch that late. I even read of one fella who threw his eggs in the field 3 days past the date- and went over to look and there was a chick alive - he saved it and put it in the brooder.
     
  3. ChloeAnderson

    ChloeAnderson New Egg

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    I've been looking through the incubator window and saw one egg wobble when I shone the light straight at it last night. As of today I've seen 2 of the four eggs do this wobble - has anyone ever seen this?
     
  4. ChloeAnderson

    ChloeAnderson New Egg

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    Thanx for your comment - much appreciated. Sure wish I would have seen a pip by now, but I have seen a wobble on two of them...
     

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