Newbie ... first clutch question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Indigohills7, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. Indigohills7

    Indigohills7 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 16, 2008
    Hi everyone ... I am strictly city backyard chick person. I had a very broodie Buff Orphington, so I bought her some fertilized eggs to sit upon. Her buddie hen died recently so she was alone.

    Guy gave me mix --- 2 Bantie, and 2 Leghorn (I could ID those), the rest a mix of light brown. Bought 12, 2 broke under hen. They were collected over 2 days (Jan 21 & Jan 22) and placed under my hen on the 3rd day (Jan 23). Since they are mostly dark eggs, haven't tried to candle them.

    When do I start counting my 21 days ? If I count from the date placed under the hen, we should hatch on Friday, February 13th.

    Help ! Is this correct ?

  2. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
    I believe you count day one the day after you put them under her. That way day one means she has sat on them for one full day. That's how I counted and the first one popped out like magic the morning of day 21. (Today is day 22 and there are still four eggs under her with at least one making cheeping noises. Mu understanding is that it can take up to 25 days for them all to hatch.)

    Good luck! It's so much fun watching a mama hen care for the little cheepers. Enjoy!
  3. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi there,
    Yes, you start counting from the day you set them under your broody. If you set them early in the day, then that is your day 1, if you set them later in the day, then you count the next day as your day 1.

    Best of luck with your hatch!
  4. lesliet

    lesliet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2007
    Webster, FL
    and yes your calculations are correct,
    good luck on your hatch [​IMG]
  5. Yup , you should have your chicks on Friday Feb.13 [​IMG]
    Good Luck !

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