Questions on Hatching Eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by fernandez0067, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. fernandez0067

    fernandez0067 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    On Sunday March 22 I grabbed 4 eggs freshly laid out from under one of my hens. I have a still air incubator that I borrowed from a friend with a digital thermometer that also measures humidity already set up for a couple of hours. I marked the eggs and placed them in the incubator that day. They were still warm from my hen. The temperature fluctuated a little that first day but I kept it at a steady 100 - 101 degrees with the humidity @ 40-50%. I candled the eggs a bunch of times and they were all definitely fertile. I saw the veins start to grow, air sac, etc. I turned the eggs 3 times a day up until day 18. I candled them again on day 18 and I saw 1 definitely moving and the other three were too dark to see anything. I read on a forum to crank the humidity up to about 80% for the last couple days. I did that, it is @ 77% right now. Was that the right thing to do? It is now day 22 and nothing has happened! How long should I wait ... do you guys think they're goners?
     
  2. bradybrady09

    bradybrady09 BANNED

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    Its really hard to say i had chicks hatch on friday which was day 21 and today is day 23 and one just pipped about 20 minutes ago i usually keep my eggs in untill day 25 just to be sure there is no late bloomers "Sending Hatching vibes your way"
     
  3. fernandez0067

    fernandez0067 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats a relief to hear... thanks for the vibes!
     
  4. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2009
    Dillingham, Alaska
    yeah i would wait. you should count the day after you set them as day 1. hope everything turns out okay!
     
  5. fernandez0067

    fernandez0067 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the info.

    Still nothign has happened, if I count the day after I set them as day 1 then this would be day 22. I dont think Im going to have any luck with these babies but I just ordered 12+ from someone on the BST. So as soon as I get those Im gonna try agaiN! I WILL hatch chicks someday!
     
  6. ChickyLaura

    ChickyLaura The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Mar 31, 2009
    Eastern/Central PA
    I would still wait for a few days, though!

    I am getting to set my FIRST eggs today or tomorrow (as soon as they get here - I ordered from Sassy Silkies!!!)

    Good luck on your current hatch, and on your new ones you ordered![​IMG]

    ChickyLaura
     
  7. fernandez0067

    fernandez0067 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks u too!
     

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