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When to give up?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by azrc, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. azrc

    azrc Out Of The Brooder

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    My eggs are due to hatch today. I'd been candling the eggs with inconclusive results. I did throw out the clear eggs and something was growing in the ones that I left in the incubator, but I couldn't see through the shells enough to tell what.

    Anyway, they've been 'locked down' for the last three days, but I hear no peeping from the eggs or any movement. How long should I wait before taking them out before they explode?
     
  2. CountryPantry

    CountryPantry Fat Matt's Poultry Farm

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    It can take longer than you think. I leave mine in at least 4 more days. Never had an exlosion, even 7 days later, [​IMG]
     
  3. fancbrd4me02

    fancbrd4me02 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I leave mine 4 or 5 days. I just can't toss them until I am sure they won't hatch.
     
  4. MakNat

    MakNat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just had the same thing happen to me. My temps were low.... BAD thermometer... Mine hatched day 23... Not as many as I had hoped. Just be patient.... The hardest thing for me! I'd give the another couple of days!!! Good luck!!
     
  5. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last year I throw some eggs into the trash on day 24. An hour later, I heard peeping from the can. I apparently scared two into hatching.
     
  6. MakNat

    MakNat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did they hatch and survive???
     
  7. azrc

    azrc Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thanks, I think I'm just more impatient to try again since I have a lot better idea what to expect this time around...and I have 80 eggs(!) waiting to have a go at it.
     
  8. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes and were a FFA project.
     
  9. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:If you can't see in the egg that means a chick is growing. Give them time. I never hear peeping it drives me nuts. Let us know how you make out.
     
  10. duckluck

    duckluck Dulcimyrh Ducks

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    Depending on how loud your incubator is, you might not be able to hear the peeping...I didn't hear any cheeps on my first hatch of 6 eggs, and I had to really strain to hear any on the last one, but I did catch them when I listened carefully. They were also not as easy to catch wiggling as the last hatch.
     

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