Why you should wait 25 days before discarding hatching eggs.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Grampa with chickens, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. Grampa with chickens

    Grampa with chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2008
    Brooksville, Florida
    Hi Folks,
    To make a long story even longer, I had 21 eggs in the monster bator. Temps got all kinds of wacked out and I thought I cooked the eggs beyond all hope. Yesterday was day 22 and not a pip. I usually get pips on day 19-20, so I knew I had killed them. I was going to clean out the bator and try again. Then the phone rang and cleaning the bator out slipped my mind. Well, this morning as I was getting my coffee, I heard something. I thought crap, I forgot to clean the bator yesterday> I looked in and saw one chick just about out of the shell. It was chirping up a storm. I thought to myself "no freaking way". So this evening should be interesting to see if anymore are going to hatch.

    Lesson here is....Just be patient and give the little ones time. All hatches are not the same.

    Hopefully I will have more than one hatch, but even if not, I know now to wait the 25 days as everybody had been telling us to do on this forum. You guys/gals are awesome.
  2. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    Sometimes its a good thing we forget. [​IMG] Let us know if you get more.
  3. Keri78

    Keri78 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 17, 2009
    Oh Good! Maybe there's still hope for my batch! Blessings,Keri
  4. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
    Heartwarming and I am sure you gave a lot of people hope.[​IMG]
  5. P0U1TRYP3RS0N

    P0U1TRYP3RS0N Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2007
    That is encouraging. Mine are on day 22 today...and nothing.
    Due to a power outage on day 18 that took the temp to 65 degrees for hours...and then someone shaking the bator with the washing machine (long story) when the power came on...Im thinking theyre goners.
    Which is sad....because I know for certain there were 4 very valid alive little silkie babies I paid alot for in there :"""""(
  6. ChanceRider

    ChanceRider Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2008
    Somerset, CA
    "All hatches are not the same".... no kidding! I just hatched some turkey eggs from my own hens. Hatching was staggered over about a 5 day period. Some 2 days early, and one little poult hatched 3 days late. Same story here... was going to toss the remaining 2 eggs, got distracted, later in the day heard a loud peep, peep, peep! All eggs were set the same day and incubated in a forced air Brinsea. [​IMG]
  7. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    Quote:patience pays off for sure..even if you did not have bator problems-theres always a chance that the bator has different temps within it. SO you may have chicks hatch out on one side and then not for two days on the other side--even just a few degrees difference can make a huge difference in hatching and timing...SO happy for you cant wait to hear an update if anymore came!
  8. Chipper

    Chipper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2009
    Washington County, NY
    Great Story that lots of people can learn from.I hope you end up hatching more of them.[​IMG]
  9. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    Quote:Hold on for a couple of days. I had a temp of 60 for I don't know how long and a spike of 110 over night. I hope you get something.
  10. Grampa with chickens

    Grampa with chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2008
    Brooksville, Florida
    Just a little update.

    Well, I only had the one hatch. But, boy he's got a set of lungs on him/her. Just cheeping up a storm. I hate he was the only one. But I have some more that are going in the bator in a day or two so he has to put up with this for a couple of weeks. Oh well........

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