URGENT PLEASE HELP!! Chicks Haven't Hatched Yet! Day 24!


Feb 17, 2021
Ohh okay, at what point should i give up and crack the eggs open a little bit to see if theyre still alive.


Free Ranging
Mar 20, 2017
Ohh okay, at what point should i give up and crack the eggs open a little bit to see if theyre still alive.
Maybe if they start to stink?

This article talks about assisting eggs to hatch, including when to help and when to leave them alone.

But I can't find anything there about how long to wait if the eggs are late because of lower temperatures while they were incubating (like the times your hens were off the nest.)

I don't know how many eggs you have, but if you have multiple eggs and none have pipped yet, then they probably all need more time.

I recently candled my eggs again and saw movement!...Some of the eggs' air membrane isn't there anymore the egg is full with the chick I guess....I can't see any air sac either.

This article has pictures of eggs being candled at various stages of development.
By about day 14, the egg is mostly full of chick (but still has a week to go before hatching.) Personally, I don't see much difference in the photos for any day after day 14 or 15.

Depending on how often you were candling, and when you first saw that the chicks were filling the entire egg, you might be able to guess how many more days they need.

I'm a little concerned that you can't see the air sac-- it should be an empty space at the big end of the egg, fairly easy to see if you shine the light in that end.


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Nov 23, 2010
St. Louis, MO
Theoretically, they don't have to eat or drink for a couple days. But the sooner they eat the better.
Usually people wait till all are out of the shell but you still have to play it by ear.
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