When does Day 1 start?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Josie, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. Josie

    Josie Songster

    Jan 3, 2008
    Option 1
    Day one starts when you put the eggs in. So if you put in the eggs on a Monday the hatch (21 days) will happen on a Sunday.

    Option 2
    Like Bdays, Day one is not reached until 24 hrs are up. So if you put the eggs in on Monday, the hatch will happen on Monday.
  2. fallenweeble

    fallenweeble Songster

    Dec 4, 2007
    i think it's the second one.
    i know, bummer right?
    be more fun if we could put 'em in and call it a day, move right on to day TWO - wheeeeee

    and i could be wrong. i'm new so i'm dum!

    anywhoo, they will hatch when they feel like it. i'm sitting here at TWO AM watching my bator full of chirping slightly pipped eggs. it's day 20 and they were supposed to start piping yesterday (seramas). the suspense is killing me.

    not to totally hijack your post [​IMG]

    it's just that i understand the time/anxiety/wanting it to be later than it actually is thing![​IMG]

    hang in there chicken trooper!
  3. perrym1962

    perrym1962 Songster

    Oct 21, 2007
    Eastview, Ky..
    Day 1 is when 24 hrs. is up from the time you set them. So if you set them on Monday the 21 days will end on Monday..[​IMG]
  4. jeaucamom

    jeaucamom Songster

    Oct 1, 2007
    Ophir, CA
    I am confused [​IMG] Maybe this is what we are doing wrong!!

    I thought day one started when you set the eggs and finished 24 hours later??
  5. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    Simple plan:

    If you put them in before lunch time (noon) then thats day 1
    if afternoon or later in the day next day is day 1

  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    That's the way I do it, set B4 noon is day one, set after noon, then the next day is day one. It's just an close estimate anyway.
  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Right, Wildsky.
  8. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    We usually put ours in in the evening. So they go in Monday night and Tuesday is day 1.
    Remember, even slight temp variations will spped up or delay the hatch. The exact day
    is not all that critical.

    I suppose if you were a hatchery with expensive and huge bators you can get it more
    down to a science. I have to think different breeds must vary the exact hatch time
    a little too. (just guessing)
  9. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Songster

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    Hm, I put mine in at NOON. So now I don't know what to think!
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    So, you get to pick which day you want to be Day One, LOL!

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