Wanting to time out hatch for daughter's b-day


12 Years
Feb 14, 2009
I bought a Hova-Bator Genesis 1588 a couple months ago and have been studying up on hatching and read the Hatching 101 page here. I am wanting to hatch out some eggs from my own chickens and time them out to be in the midst of hatching on my daughter's birthday on March 8th. I want to know if 21 days is when pipping begins or if that is when they should be all the way out if I carefully follow all the recommendations in Hatching 101? I'm hoping they'll be somewhere in the process of actually coming out of their shells, since we'll have a lot of kids here for the b-day party, I think that would be super cool if they could get to see that. :) I would start the 'bator up on Feb. 16th, correct? I expect to have at least 40 eggs to set, so although it is my first hatch, hopefully my odds will be good.


Premium Feather Member
10 Years
Nov 23, 2010
St. Louis, MO
March 8 is a Tuesday so yes, set them Tuesday the 16th.
Since this is the first time with the incubator you won't know if it runs a little hot or cold. I would set them in the morning.

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