Should I help them come out?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by roxysown, Aug 17, 2013.

  1. roxysown

    roxysown Hatching

    Jul 28, 2013
    I have 12 olive eggers should have hatched yesterday(21 days).When they didn't hatch ,I though all was lost. Due to a power outage while I was away for a day. When power came back on temperature went to 103, I don't know how long power was off or how long temp was at 103. Today I hear chirping from one of the eggs. I'm not sure what to do ,if anything. I only hear chirping from one of the eggs. I Need some advice please.
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Crossing the Road

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    Just leave them be. The power outage could have delayed your hatch date by a day or more. Chirping is a good thing, it means they're getting closer to hatching. But you need to let nature take its course and let them hatch when they're ready. "Helping" them too soon is more likely to kill them than letting them hatch in their own time. The 21 day guideline is strictly that - a guideline. It's not a rule. I know it's hard to wait it out, but believe me - it's the best thing you can do. Hope it all goes well!
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    21 days for chicks is like 9 months for women--there's some leeway there! Leave them be and let them do their thing. "Helped" birds often do not do well, due to over anxious assistance. Plus, imo, if they can't hatch themselves they're not healthy enough to live.
  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Crossing the Road

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    That's always been my feeling, too.
  5. caseebeths

    caseebeths In the Brooder

    Jul 8, 2013
    I have helped several out and they alo turned out great! !
  6. sdm111

    sdm111 Free Ranging

    May 21, 2013
    S. louisiana
    Me too, probably around 12 or so And all are fine. I believe it's all in why they can't get out and timing

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