New at incubating - Day 20 opened to add water is everything ok?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mybuttercup09, Dec 21, 2015.

  1. mybuttercup09

    mybuttercup09 New Egg

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    Ok i am a little on edge because the first two hatches failed except one baby duck. I have chickens now on day 20 in a Brinsea eco 20 and i opened it to add a little water. There are no external pips yet but i heard peeping. Are they going to be ok or did i maybe shrink wrap them? I read the incubating 101 post and it said i could open briefly to adjust humidity but was that before internal pips?
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    They will be fine. Hens actually get up off the nest every single day for about a half hour everyday to eat, drink, and poo; and they still manage to have chicks hatch. Opening an incubator a bit to add water isn't going to harm them.
    If you hear them peeping, it means that a few have pipped internally. External pips should be happening within the next 12 hours. Good luck!
     
  3. fire370

    fire370 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ditto X2
     
  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Chickies soon. Now comes the hard part, watching them pip, and then waiting for ever while you pace the floor and worry b/c you think they've all died b/c they stop moving and talking while they rest up for the zip and hatch.
     
  5. mybuttercup09

    mybuttercup09 New Egg

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    Thanks so much! I was hoping i didn't kill them at the last second. The first two times i tried ducks and they all died but were about 3/4 of the way developed and the second batch i had one duckling but the rest never pipped. Figured out all of the thermometers were off by quite a bit. So now having solved that problem i was hoping i didn't do something dumb to ruin it. Thanks again to eveyone for your help and reassurance!!
     

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