Why an early hatch?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jloftin60, Nov 27, 2008.

  1. jloftin60

    jloftin60 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm using a Hova-Bator with an auto egg turner. I kept my temp between
    99.5 - 101* I had my first peep on day 19 and complete hatch on early day
    20. Thirty-six out of forty-two eggs hatched. All seem to be healthy and well.
    My question is, why did they hatch so early?
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    1) Some lines are a bit faster on the hatching.
    2) Thermometer is off.
    3) Some how you counted at 24 hrs off of 21x24 hours.

    But hey, if they are out and happy! All is good!!!
     
  3. danrut101

    danrut101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Consistant 101 temp will do it. But early is not bad. Late is an issue. I keep my temp set at 100 and it varies between 99.5 and 100.5. If it consistantly stays between 100 and 101, i'll get an early hatch also.

    85.7% is not a bad hatch either. What did the ones look like that didn't hatch? Clear or some formation? If some started to form but died, it could of been too high temp. You could also get another thermometer and put inside to double check your temp to make sure it's not creeping up to 102. I like the digital ones that shows temp and humidity.

    And as silkiechicken said, what breed were you hatching?

    If this was your first hatch, excellent job getting 85%.

    Danny D
     
  4. kentuckysilkies

    kentuckysilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hatching time is not an exact. 21 days is the average for most breeds of chickens, but you can see hatching anywhere between 18 and 24 days. Temps and humidity can play a part as well as breed.

    Usually when you get an early hatch it is an indicator that you have strong, healthy chicks.
     
  5. mothergoose1963

    mothergoose1963 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your temp is too high. Even half of a degree can make a difference! Hope this helps,
    amy

    www.fancygeese.com
     
  6. CindyS

    CindyS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    did you count the day you set the eggs as day 1 if not, they hatched on time.
     
  7. jloftin60

    jloftin60 Out Of The Brooder

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    Out of all the 36 chicks that hatched, only one chick looked like a premie
    and didn't make it. Everyone else is running, jumping, eating and drinking.
    They are mixed breeds (mutts) between rir, br, and wlh. By doing the pencil trick, all of the black chicks with a white dot on it's head shows to be
    a boy.
    I had two digital thermometers/ humidity meters in the bator. Both read differently, one degree higher and one percent higher on humidity.

    If you've never heard of the pencil trick, post me and I will explain.
    You might think I'm stupid, but it works.

    John
     
  8. mothergoose1963

    mothergoose1963 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is the pencil trick?? I have never heard of it. [​IMG]
     

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