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Newbie. Trying to hatch chicks under broody.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by halsteadhens, Mar 20, 2016.

  1. halsteadhens

    halsteadhens New Egg

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    Hello. I have 3 eggs under my broody Australorp. We're on day 22 without so much as a pip. I candled at day 14, and they looked good. I've heard you shouldn't candle any later than that. She'll sit on the eggs until she sees me, then she paces in her pen. How much longer should I give her?
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Another two days. I’ve had eggs hatch two full days early under a broody, some people have had them hatch a few days late. Consider that 21 day thing a target, just something that will be close.

    Are you counting the days right? That is a really common mistake. An egg does not have a full day’s worth of development two seconds or two hours after it starts incubation. When you are counting days you say “one” 24 hours after you start. An easy way to check is that the day of the week they start is when the 21 days are up. If they started on a Saturday, that 21 days is up on a Saturday.

    Good luck!
     
  3. halsteadhens

    halsteadhens New Egg

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    Another two days. I’ve had eggs hatch two full days early under a broody, some people have had them hatch a few days late. Consider that 21 day thing a target, just something that will be close.

    Are you counting the days right? That is a really common mistake. An egg does not have a full day’s worth of development two seconds or two hours after it starts incubation. When you are counting days you say “one” 24 hours after you start. An easy way to check is that the day of the week they start is when the 21 days are up. If they started on a Saturday, that 21 days is up on a Saturday.

    Thank you. That would make today day #22. I'll give her a couple more days to see what happens. Fingers crossed!
     
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    If other hens were adding eggs to her nest, you have may staggered hatches.
     
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC. I hope that the hatch is successful, but its a little strange that she gets off the nest and paces around in your presence - never had that experience myself.

    Best wishes

    CT
     

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