Today is day 26... at what point do I give up?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by RiverMan420, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. RiverMan420

    RiverMan420 RIP 1963-2014

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    Only one of the 9 chicken eggs in our incubator have hatched and this is day 26. Is there any point in keeping it going?
     
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  2. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If your one egg hatched in the last 24 hours then there's a chance that they're all just very late and your other eggs might still hatch. But if it hatched a while ago, say on day 21-23 then I'd guess there's very little chance for the others...

    If you want to see if anyone's alive in there and thinking about getting ready to hatch, float the eggs one by one in a big pan of water at 99F. If there's a live chick in there, at this point it should be wriggling around trying to pip the shell, and you'll see the egg rocking and bobbing, and ripples in the water. If it just floats without moving, or sinks down, then it's either dead or was never fully developed enough to hatch anyway...
     
  3. RiverMan420

    RiverMan420 RIP 1963-2014

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    Quote:THanks... I'll try that today. The one that did hatch came out two days ago and the incubator smells awful. I didn't know if the baby chick was stinking or dead eggs.
     
  4. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, there's a funny kind of yucky 'warm chick' smell you get used to smelling when you've had a hatch and they're all drying off.

    Either that or you could have some seriously rotten eggs in there. Be careful when handling them in case one explodes on you! [​IMG]
     
  5. Wyogirl

    Wyogirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say they are not going to hatch, I had one on day 21 and the others by day 26 nothing so I gently opened the shells in case they were alive, but they weren't.[​IMG]
    Ayda
     
  6. RiverMan420

    RiverMan420 RIP 1963-2014

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    Quote:Thanks all for the tips and information. I did the float test and no movement was detected. We left them in the water floating for a full minute just to make sure. I took them outside and gently opened the shells. They were all dead but roughly at the same stage of development. Beaks and feet etc. Looks like they all died around the same stage. My guess is a heat issue killed them. About 10 days ago I was out cutting the lawn and when I came back in to check the incubator the temp was at 104F. I quickly opened the top and fanned the hot air out and brought it back down to 99/100. I suppose thats what killed them. The one that did hatch must have been further away from the bulb.
     
  7. NCchicken

    NCchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, this might sound dumb, but what do you use to measure the temp of the water to make sure it's at 99.9 degrees F? A regular thermometer?
     
  8. RiverMan420

    RiverMan420 RIP 1963-2014

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    Quote:A high end candy thermometer from William Sonoma
     
  9. NCchicken

    NCchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]

    I remebered that I had a meat thermometer from the one time many years ago I decided to cook a ham. So I used that.
     

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