When do I turn off the incubator???

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by k5crew, Feb 24, 2016.

  1. k5crew

    k5crew Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2015
    Kingsland, Texas
    Today is day 22 of our incubation. We have 5 eggs unhatched. These may have been fertilized but only 2 I could see positive signs of fertilization.

    This is my first hatch so I am not sure how long to hold out hope for the remaining eggs. Please give me opinions, or flat out tell me what to do!!!

    Thank you!!!
  2. FridayYet

    FridayYet Innocent Bystander

    Mar 3, 2011
    The Land of Enchantment
    When did the others hatch? 24 hours after the last one hatched, I look for signs of life and usually turn off the incubator if there doesn't seem to be anything viable.

    How are your air cells in those 5?
  3. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

    Oct 11, 2014
    Gouverneur, NY
  4. k5crew

    k5crew Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2015
    Kingsland, Texas
    Last one hatched at 2pm today. Not sure about the air cell. Do I pull out and candle? 2 of these eggs have shells that I haven't been able to tell anything on 3 previous candles. I will keep it up as long as I need to, but don't want to hold onto false hope.

    Thank you for helping!
  5. kuchchicks

    kuchchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2015
    Sometimes you can hold the egg up to your ear and hear them pecking the shells. You can try that. If you get to the point when you think that you are not going to get anything to hatch, then slowly start to open them from the top where the air cell is. Open it up just enough to look inside. If you see movement you can seal the shell back up with a piece of plastic wrap. Otherwise you can open it up to finish the eggtopsy and see what went wrong.
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  6. CGilbert

    CGilbert Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2015
    Spirit Lake, ID
    I agree, give it at least 24 hours from the last one that hatched

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