Possible incubator problems- start over??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by eggscetera, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. eggscetera

    eggscetera In the Brooder

    Nov 12, 2011
    Palmer, Alaska
    Two weeks ago I started eggs and then went on vacation, leaving the house sitter to look after the incubator. I got home today and it looks as if the egg turner hasn't been working. It's fixed now. Is there a possibility that I will still get chicks? Or should I just start over? If eggs don't get turned for two weeks is it a definite fail??
  2. fried green eggs

    fried green eggs Songster

    Mar 25, 2011
    S.E. Michigan
    I would candle the eggs and see if there is any movement. Mark the Airsack with a pencil and check them again in a couple days to see if the airsack has grown. However, if the turner was off or not working for the full two weeks - you probably won't have any hatch.
  3. The Chickeneer

    The Chickeneer ~A Morning's Crow~

    There have been studies done on this, and turning the eggs is not necessary at all for hatching eggs. Although turning the eggs will make your hatch rate much higher, there's still a chance some will hatch even though they were not turned.

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