Will I see movement around day 21?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by rcentner, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. rcentner

    rcentner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 6, 2009
    Le Roy, NY
    We had one hen that layed and set, we messed it up by having a new flock added and she got off the eggs (I assume stress). We noticed several hours later and brought the eggs in to incubate them. I had one try to hatch yesterday, but it died. appeared normal, but I think the humidity was too low. So I wonder if I should be seeing movement in the eggs that are left this late in the game. I see veins and a nice air bubble, no mottling of the egg or any smells, but no movement. Are they too big to move or should I just call it a day and get rid of the eggs? day 21 was monday, but the hen did not lay them all the first day..so the last egg layed will be day 21 friday or saturday. what do ya think?
  2. Paganbird

    Paganbird CrescentWood Farm

    Apr 25, 2009
    Western Pa
    I would up the humidity to about 70% and give it a few more days. I don't candle past day 18... I leave them alone & don't open the incubator so that the humidity stays high.
    If the hen got off the nest, the hatch may be delayed a couple days... give it time.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by