Premature Chicks?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by BlueMoon, Mar 23, 2008.

  1. BlueMoon

    BlueMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When my DH was away, March 5-10, so I do know the dates, I "left" a few eggs under broody hens, relocated a few more into their nests and eventually moved the lot into safe harbor (the garage).

    Well, on Saturday, March 22, I noticed an egg half open with a dead chick. When pulling it out of the nest, four tiny chicks popped their heads out.

    So, its Easter Sunday, the chicks aren't supposed to start hatching until Wednesday the 26th, and we're up to about eight chicks.

    Maybe because they're penned next to the six week old chicks, but these looks so teeny. They seem healthy enough - the hens are showing them what to do, whilst sitting on more eggs.

    Has anyone else ever had chicks that hatched too early?
     
  2. Josie

    Josie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! That is really early, I'm glad they are all doing fine. The earliest I have heard is day 19 hatch.
     
  3. twigg

    twigg Cooped up

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    There is something wrong with the dates.

    It isn't possible for live chicks to hatch in less than about 19 days, even then they would be very weak.
     
  4. ebonykawai

    ebonykawai Chillin' With My Peeps

    I was thinking the dates are off, too.
     
  5. K&H Chicken Farm

    K&H Chicken Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just had 18 day hatch. One is week but it looks like they may make it.
     
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    High bator temps will give you an 18 day hatch which isn't really good because it hurries the development along a bit too quick. I hope your weak one pulls on through.
     
  7. ebonykawai

    ebonykawai Chillin' With My Peeps

    What were your temps?
     
  8. Kristina

    Kristina Chillin' With My Peeps

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    from what I understand these eggs were under a broody.
     
  9. ebonykawai

    ebonykawai Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, that's why it doesn't make sense. Nature (not humans intervening with incubators) generally doesn't work that way.
     
  10. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    K&H Chicken Farm :

    I just had 18 day hatch. One is week but it looks like they may make it.

    My response was to K&H.​
     

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