Never say never!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by NoseyChickens, Dec 4, 2010.

  1. NoseyChickens

    NoseyChickens Feathers On The Ground

    Aug 3, 2009
    Southern California
    Just to give a little hope out there to those that have something go wrong during incubation. I had a temp spike of 104.5 the day of lockdown. I'm pretty sure it was like that for a few hours. i had given up all hope what so ever that they were alive. But, DH said to leave them in there. Sure as anything it's the morning of day 21 and I have one pip, a couple rocking, and a whole lot of peeping going on in the bator. I am just shocked!
  2. peterlund

    peterlund Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2010
    MA Cranberry Country
    Sounds like it is a good day at your house! Enjoy the hatch!
  3. mandelyn

    mandelyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2009
    Goshen, OH
    I recently had 3 hatch on day 28 when every other time I toss on day 23, without looking. Makes me wonder how many I might have tossed that were still good after suffering low temperatures!

    The only reason I let them keep going was because I wanted to teach my husband how to open an egg to see what was wrong. Well, nothing was wrong, the chick was alive! Put it back and left the others, and they were just a week late from a thermometer oops.
  4. Nodaksnakelover

    Nodaksnakelover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2010
    North Dakota
    Wow, I've had hatches in the past where after the chicks are out, I've opened eggs as I'm tossing them out back into the garbage just to see at what stage they've died. And indeed have found live chicks in the egg. I always assumed them to be too far behind that they just hadn't died yet. But to hear you tell it, I feel pretty bad that I might have given up on the eggs too soon! Gah!
  5. pinkyglory123

    pinkyglory123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2010
    I wish my oops turned out! i will admit my hen is sitting on eggs on day 27-had six hatch and she is so diligent I thought please make the decision for me and just GET UP off the nest if they are not viable. Please! Have made plenty of mistakes and don't want to make anymore by tossing good but slow ones. Glad you had a good suprise.
  6. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA

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  7. NoseyChickens

    NoseyChickens Feathers On The Ground

    Aug 3, 2009
    Southern California
    We had three hatch out of six while we were gone today. I will post a picture soon, but they are still in the bator waiting for the others to hatch.
  8. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
    Egglanta, GA
    I just had to say it... NEVER!

  9. sanchoman

    sanchoman Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 9, 2009
    Orlando, fl
    that's awesome!

    Post pictures! Were these eggs you ordered or from your girls?
  10. Rainwolf

    Rainwolf De La Menagerie

    Aug 4, 2010
    Seattle, WA
    My Coop
    I leave eggs in the incubator for 3 days past hatch due date or 3 days after last chick hatched.
    On day 4 I either candle (if I can) or I float test the egg.
    If there is movement back into the incubator it goes.

    I've hatched quite a few "late bloomers" with this method.
    Have to say I still have no idea why 99% will hatch on due day like they are supposed to,
    but then I seem to get 1 or 2 that hatch almost a week later!

    (I get this mostly with my Coturnix quails)

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