OK, day #22 and NOTHING! How long to wait?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mommahento5, May 10, 2009.

  1. mommahento5

    mommahento5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2007
    South East Indiana
    I have 5 banty eggs in my hatcher and it is day 22 and there is NOTHING happening. How long do I give them before before I can be sure they are not going to hatch? Should I try candling them or anything?
  2. R@ndy

    [email protected] Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2009
    What is your temp?? not an expert but from what I have read a slightly low temp can cause a late hatch
  3. M@M@2four

    [email protected]@2four Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
    I have had chicks hatch up to day 23 and 24, so you might want to wait. Are your temps high enough? I found that if my temps are a slight bit too low, it takes longer to hatch and also decreases in my hatch rate. I like to stay in between 99.5-100.5.
  4. mommahento5

    mommahento5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2007
    South East Indiana
    My temps in the incubator were pretty decent, in the 99-101 range. However the hatcher runs just a little cooler, maybe 98. I am just keeping my fingers crossed and praying that something makes it. On a happy note though, my cat had kittens today! [​IMG]
  5. chicken5432

    chicken5432 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2009
    western kentucky
    ok i waited to the 23 day and mine hatched because it was a homemade incubator i used and temp was not steady
  6. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2007
    Sevier county, Tn.
    I hope mine hatch.
    I did well with my first hatch 8 out of 9 but this time I was expecting hatch on may 10 BC Marens. and buffs orp.
    and not even a pip or a peep
    but 2 power outages one almost 3 hours and 3 days later an hour.. but temp stayed perfect. I wrapped the batorwith a blanket..temp is on100 and hum.is on 64-65.
    wish me luck.
  7. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

    May 8, 2008
    Sharpsburg, MD.
    low temps can def delay. If it were me, [​IMG] I would candle....if you think your incubator can bring back humidity in a couple hours.. then you have nothing to worry about. Embryos are very resilient. Just life the top slightly, reach in and grab a couple eggs and look at them.

    If the beak has broken the air cell you may want to get a very sharp knife and tap a small hole at the bottom of the egg (top of air cell) This will give your babies some breathing air if their's is running out.... because of delay.

    Good Luck!!

    ETA: Most folks wait til day 23 to do this... maybe candle and see where they are...if they've pipped the air cell then let them go for 12 hours... if nothing then poke hole.
    Last edited: May 11, 2009

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