Question from an excited newbie!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jrube, Nov 23, 2014.

  1. jrube

    jrube Hatching

    Nov 23, 2014
    Hey y'all, glad to be a part of this great page/forum. I am just starting to raise chickens, and decided to start them from egg, which we are all excited to do! So I have a great neighbor that gave me a couple eggs to start I had one hatch perfectly yesterday and was amazing to watch. The second egg hasnt hatched yet, it has definitely been 21 days, as I got them 21 days ago today. So reading thru different forums, I followed some of the steps to ensure that it is a viable egg... First I candled it, and see a nice air pocket in there, but didn't see any signs of movement. The egg was moving a bit yesterday, but nothing today. I did the float test, and it showed to be a viable egg... Do some chicks just take longer than others? should I wait a few more days in?

    Also when the first chick was hatching, it knocked the other egg around, so we moved the unhatched egg to the corner of the incubator.... Could the other chick hatching and knocking the egg around a bit cause a problem? Should I make an external PIP to check the chick? Any Help is appreciated!
  2. fried green eggs

    fried green eggs Songster

    Mar 25, 2011
    S.E. Michigan
    Read Sally Sunshines hatching info found in the Learning Center. It will answer you questions. Hope all turns out well and [​IMG]!
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  3. Lalegid

    Lalegid Chirping

    Oct 26, 2014
    It is such a tough call. I would probably leave it another 24 hours, it's not uncommon for eggs to hatch on day 22 or 23 - some even later. If you are going to intervene just make a small pip in the air hole end, but if the chick isn't ready to hatch it won't do any good. Good luck!
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
  5. jrube

    jrube Hatching

    Nov 23, 2014
    Yea i really enjoyed incubating the eggs... I think I am hooked! I have 6 more coming this week!
  6. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Crowing

    Jun 9, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    Looks like everyone else has given great advice!

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