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When will they hatch???

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Loving My Peeps, Sep 24, 2010.

  1. Loving My Peeps

    Loving My Peeps Chicken Whisperer

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    I set the eggs at 1:00 pm on 09/02/10. Temps ran about 99-100 in a still air LG incubator. Only 2 eggs were viable on day 17 so I stuck them under my broody hen. On the night of 9/22.....supposedly hatch day, she did not sit on the eggs over night, she decided to lay behind the nest box and not on the eggs....urg!!! I had my incubator going so I placed them in the incubator to hatch. I candled them when they were cold and did not see movement but I wanted to give them a chance. Later I could see one egg slightly moving, so it must be alive. When should I expect it to hatch? My calculations are that today is day 24.....any hopes at this point?
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    There is still a chance. First, day 21 was not the 22nd. It was the 23rd. See my post in this thread for details. The day of the week you set the eggs is the day of the week the eggs should hatch. In your case Thursday the 23rd.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=319371

    Second, you really don’t know what the temperature was in your incubator where the eggs were. Thermometers can be off a bunch. Calibrating your thermometer helps a lot with this, but in a still air, the temperature is different in different areas. Those eggs may have been incubated too cool so they will hatch late. The temperatures you gave are low for a still air at the height of the eggs. That may be why so many did not develop. I’ve had eggs hatch 2 days early in a forced air when it was running hot. Two or three days late in a cool incubator is not unheard of.

    If an egg is moving, I’d absolutely give it more time. Good luck!
     
  3. Loving My Peeps

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    [​IMG] I'm so excited....got a pip @ 1:00 pm. Lots of chirping now. How long does it usually take for them once they pip? I will only have this 1 until a week from now when the other 2 hatch.
     
  4. Loving My Peeps

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    Still got my fingers crossed for this one [​IMG]

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