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when will they hatch?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Silkie Sue, Jun 23, 2007.

  1. Silkie Sue

    Silkie Sue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,
    I've read that chickens hatch in 21 days give or take a couple
    When do you give up hope?
    I haven't yet but it is frustrating.
    My Silkie hen has been sitting since May 31st which would make this 23 days.Nothing has hatched yet. I have 9 eggs left out of 12. The last cracked one was a couple days ago and it did have a dead chick in it, so I'm pretty sure my rooster is doing his job.
    Anybody?
     
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Can you candle the eggs to make sure they are still alive? Will she let you? If they are still alive, give them another 2 or 3 days. [​IMG] Let us know!
     
  3. andischickenfarm

    andischickenfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is a tough one. I really don't know the answer either! But, I'll tell you what I do: I give them 3 days after the "due date" to hatch then the ones that hasn't hatched I take them out side and gently crack them open just in case they are alive. I'll be honest, most of the time they're not. But, you never know. Now I did have a bantam setting on 7 eggs and after 5 of them hatch I noticed that the next day she was off the nest and showing her chicks what to do. So I guess she gave them one more day. And I checked them eggs and they were no good. So some how Buffy knew they wasn't going to hatch. Hope this helps and good luck with you hatching!

    Andi
     
  4. chrissieg

    chrissieg Chillin' With My Peeps

    You could try the water test. Float them in a bowl of warm water (same temperature as the eggs). If they move about there is still a live chick in there - if not [​IMG]
     
  5. Silkie Sue

    Silkie Sue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,
    it's me again...I just came from the barn and still nothing yet.
    Thank you all for your great suggestions I'll try them out today and let you know how we make out.[​IMG]
     
  6. chrissieg

    chrissieg Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG]
     
  7. Silkie Sue

    Silkie Sue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Guys,
    I tried the water test and candling and still no definite answers so...... seeing how it is day 24 I figured I had nothing to lose.
    I started opening one on the larger end ( this shell was really really hard is that normal I'm not sure a chick could have gotten out if it wanted to). Inside there was an air pocket and the inner membrane looked healthy, I could see the chicks head but it was not alive. I took it all out and it was pretty much fully formed complete with little feathers. I don't know what the different stages are but he almost made it. My hen has not left that nest in over 3 weeks maybe I seen her a couple times for no longer than 10 minutes off of it.
    I have 7 eggs left. Should I leave them a few more days?
    Thank you for your advise.
     

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