three days additional waiting, then did the deed

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by janjan1, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. janjan1

    janjan1 Songster

    Feb 26, 2008
    Armuchee, GA
    One of my hens was sitting on eggs. She finally hatched out three chicks on the 21st day. She still had about 6 left under her that had not hatched. She was not budging off the nest awaiting the others to hatch. I still waited three more days to see if they would hatch. Butter late then never? I was afraid for the three chicks that had already hatched, not getting any food or water etc,. I looked carefully at the remaining eggs, no signs of pipping, nothing. I figured that they were not gonna hatch so I removed her & her three chicks to a nice cage with plenty of food & water. I smelled the remaining eggs also. Still nothing. So I carefully opened one!! A chick, underdeveloped but alive. A sacrifice for nothing. So I figured the ramaining 5 were alive also. Since I had another hen sitting, I just marked these eggs and slid them under that hen. Was I correct in waiting three days, would you guys have done the same thing? OR did I jump the gun & should have waited longer? Meantime, the hatched three would possibly go a week or more with no nutrition waiting til the others hatched. Suggestions?

  2. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    I'm sure I would have done the same thing, don't beat yourself up over it. Lesson learned..right?

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