When to give up or at least check?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SGM, Oct 11, 2008.

  1. SGM

    SGM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had 8 of my own hen's eggs and 5 bantam eggs make it to day 18. All of my eggs have hatched already and we did get one of the bantams to pip but they haven't done anything else. When should I give up and assume they've died? Should I go on and tap the eggs and peep to see if they are alive? With the brooder next to the hatcher I can't tell anymore if its peeping through the hatcher top.
     
  2. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    I usually give up on day 25; even if they do hatch that late, they are generally sickly and don't make it anyway. If it's been several days since the pip, then it's probably gone. [​IMG]
     
  3. SGM

    SGM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The egg that is pipped, pipped yesterday mid morning. The others haven't done anything at all. I really hoped they would hatch. [​IMG]
     
  4. Just-Like-Hatching

    Just-Like-Hatching Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My experience has been if they are not hatched by the end of day 22, that they are not going to be chickens I want. What I mean is, that chicken that hatch late are usually weaker and don't grow as well.
     
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  5. SGM

    SGM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, I'm afraid to wait too long and then one explode or start stinking too. I may see if there's any sounds in them this evening. All the hatches we've had so far have been early.
     
  6. SGM

    SGM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just had a feeling the chicks were dead so I took them outside and cracked open their eggs starting with a small hole in the air pocket. All were in fact dead. The one who'd pipped had just made a small hole in its air pocket strait through the egg shell. There was another who'd made a small hole in the air pocket and the rest didn't. Two looked like they hadn't finished absorbing their yolk. All were black rosecombs.
     
  7. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    Sorry about your hatch, SGM.

    I'm by no means an expert, I am just on day 2 on my first set of eggs. But it seems like I read on a BYC post somewhere that bantams need a little higher humidity?? Not sure, but it may be a place to start...
     
  8. SGM

    SGM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not completely upset, we did have all 8 of my own eggs hatch. It was just the 5 purebred bantam eggs that didn't. I am thrilled with my little Easter Egger and mixed chick that did hatch. Thanks though. I know there's ups and downs. We'll keep going. I think the fertility is down in my blue hen pen now. The dozen I set last week only has 2 developing. The 10 by my blue hens are all duds.
     
  9. Hi!
    Your birds and eggs may be different, but if an egg here hasn't hatched by early on Day 22, it is not going to hatch at all (of course unless there was a power outtage or some 'extenuating circumstances').
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    Lisa
     
  10. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
    Minnesota
    Though I generally give them a few days after, I havent had anything hatch after day 22.
     

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