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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Smithy1496, May 15, 2011.

  1. Smithy1496

    Smithy1496 Hatching

    Apr 18, 2011
    Hi everyone
    I have a incubator going with ducks and chickens in. The first lot are chicks and they are due today but no sign of any movement. I candled them 3 days ago and everything looked fine. the ducks are doing great. This is my second batch as I lost the first lot when the incubator thermostat broke. Am I being premature ?

  2. Amarisus

    Amarisus Songster

    May 14, 2011
    Fallbrook CA
    I am Extremely new to hatching just started a few days ago actually. Well thats not entirely true i lost my first batch last month but when i talked to our local chicken expert in town she said sometimes it takes a bit longer. That we should wait a week over the 21 day incubation period before we tossed the eggs. I hope thats helpful.
    Last edited: May 15, 2011
  3. ScissorChick

    ScissorChick Songster

    Dec 17, 2010
    Under Your bed
    [​IMG] Welcome to BackYard Chickens Smithy1496! [​IMG]

    My eggs rarely hatch exactly on day 21. I expect them either late at night on day 21, or day 22.

    You should give the eggs atleast 6 days before calling it quits, and do a float test before chunking them.

    Float test Thread ~

    If the temperature was low for just a bit during incubation, it can cause a late hatch. [​IMG]

    I wish you the best of luck!
    Last edited: May 16, 2011

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