Question for the experts, can day 18 be moved to 17 1/2?

shylasgarden

In the Brooder
10 Years
Mar 1, 2009
31
0
22
Middle Tennessee
I was wondering if it were possible to remove eggs from the turner and increase the humidity at 17 1/2 days, or if you had to absolutely wait till day 18. Tomorrow morning at 10a.m. will be the 18th day and of course I`ll be at work leaving it for hubby to do, not that I don`t trust him.....but I`d really rather do it myself to be sure everything is perfect:/ Has anyone done this before and would it change the hatch in any way? Thanks in advance, Di
 

shylasgarden

In the Brooder
10 Years
Mar 1, 2009
31
0
22
Middle Tennessee
I`m leaning towards doing it but was hoping that maybe someone has done it before to reassure me that I`m not making a BIG mistake, or has at least heard of it and how it turned out.
 

Buck Creek Chickens

Have Incubator, Will Hatch
11 Years
Nov 26, 2008
4,376
24
259
Neenah, WI
You can stop turning eggs at day 16 with no problem, if you check some of the old book they stopped at 14

Incubating eggs is not an exact science, mama hen just does it. LOL
 
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hippichick

Songster
11 Years
Apr 13, 2008
1,672
15
171
Branch, La
Half a day really makes no difference, in my opinion. I don't see any problem with you getting them ready to hatch tonight.


Paula
 

hippichick

Songster
11 Years
Apr 13, 2008
1,672
15
171
Branch, La
Quote:Hadn't thought of that. I sometimes wait till day 19 also, and they are fine. Just wait till tomorrow night, then. Shouldn't make any difference.


Paula
 

perrym1962

Songster
12 Years
Oct 21, 2007
302
2
154
Eastview, Ky..
I usually stop at 17 and still have the same hatch rate. I have stopped turning on 16 and could tell no difference. About 90% using my own eggs..
 

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