When to throw in the towel

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Trog, May 25, 2010.

  1. Trog

    Trog Out Of The Brooder

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    So, when does a person actually throw in the towel with a hatch? This is day 23 and no signs of hatching.
     
  2. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

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    I had some hatch 5 days late. If they don't smell let them in. Did you try and candle one? Did your temp go down at all?

    Sorry forgot to say, [​IMG]
     
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  3. Trog

    Trog Out Of The Brooder

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    I haven't touched them in a few days. I was told to not open the incubator under any circumstance. Should I try to candle one?
     
  4. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    I would candle each of the before you quit. [​IMG]
     
  5. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
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    I would candle, also how many to you have in the bator?
     
  6. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with the last couple of posts, some eggs can take a fair few days more to hatch than the stated 21 especially if the temperature has been a bit low,
    Good Luck and let us know if any hatch,
    Sandie
     
  7. Trog

    Trog Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 18 in the incubator...brown eggs. Temp has been right around 100deg. (with the exception of the past few days, with me opening it n' stuff)[​IMG]
    I did candle them last night, seems dark. I see the ring and that's about it. Will there be any movement that I can see?
     
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  8. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    Quote:Do you have a fan in your bator or no?


    Depending on how dark brown your eggs are, you might only be able to see the air cell - so look for a beak/head in the cell. I give the eggs a little tap or two with my nail before candling - trying to wake the chick if still alive so I can see it wiggle.
     
  9. Trog

    Trog Out Of The Brooder

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    That's what i was wondering. I candled them lastnight. No movement, but I didn't think about tapping the egg:/
    I don't dare open the incubator any more. I'm gonna just wait for some pips or stink...Right? No fan. Just holes. They're closed.
     
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  10. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    If you do not have a fan, your temps are a bit low (I believe - I have a fan and run mine at 99.5/100). Still air needs to be 101 or 102 at the top of the eggs (I think - others will say for sure).


    Low temps means your hatch will be delayed.


    What are your humidity levels?



    The holes in your bator are closed? Why? I have mine fully open.
     
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