Will they or won't they ???? Maybe some words of wisdom?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by meburges, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. meburges

    meburges In the Brooder

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    :/Depending on day count, my due date could have been Tues 4th or Wed 5th. I candled about 2 wks ago, got rid of 2 bad ones, thought it looked like the others MIGHT be ok. (Not great candling technique...) Well, is now Fri 7th and nothing has happened. Can I assume it is time to give up and try again? Have had luck in the past w/ same bator but w/ guinea eggs, this is my first chicken hatch attempt. (They were mailed eggs....) Help!! [​IMG]

    All my girls outside keep asking and I don't know what to tell them!
     
  2. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator

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    First of all, welcome to BYC! Glad you found us!

    What was your temp/humidity through hatch, and what type of bator? If it's forced air, temp. should be 99.5 and humidity between 40-50 for the 1st 18 days, then about 70 humidity (same temp.) for day 19-21. If you temp. was a little low, they could possibly still hatch late; however, I would think that a full 48 hours late would be a very slim chance. I'm sorry! I would candle a few again to see if you can tell if any have pipped the air cell.
     
  3. meburges

    meburges In the Brooder

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    I ran about 100 degrees (kept the water in, could not find my humidity thingie), had to keep adjusting temp as it wanted to rise. I have the styrofoam hovabator w/ the wire bottom. We were successful w/ the guineas, thought chicks would work similar. Oh well. Looks like I need to buy a new humidity thingie and try again. [​IMG] Quick question - would I be better off keeping eggs on their sides or turning from big end to little end on next try?
     
  4. HenMaster

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    I'm with you! My eggs normaly hatch early but this batch, my first mail order, is hatching on time and that is unsetteling to me. I will give my eggs until I get home on monday evening and they will be out, that will be 60 hours after their due date.
     
  5. Maryallison

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    Good luck & give them a few more days. I'd candle again and see how they look.
     
  6. meburges

    meburges In the Brooder

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    Thanks. Interesting about the mail order ones taking longer... I'll candle again, maybe give them a couple more days - - - just in case![​IMG]
     
  7. kelidei

    kelidei ~*Dances with chickens*~

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    Quote:My first attempt was with shipped eggs too and I got 0 out 6 [​IMG]

    I just put up six of my own eggs about 1 week ago. I candled them this am and found veining and "wigglers" in all of them--- embryos were moving. Since having had a batch of bad eggs I can definitely see the difference with these. I have no idea what they will be because I have two roos (blue andalusian and cloumbian wyandotte) and a bunch of hens, white and partridge rocks, dark cornish, white wyandottes, black australorp and buff orpington--- they are mystery chicks--- I hope they make it all the way through [​IMG] Do you have a way to get hatching eggs without shipping them?
     
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  8. meburges

    meburges In the Brooder

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    I probably should have tried some of my own eggs before going for mail order......however, 2 weeks ago my roo (who had always been tranquil and easy-going) attacked one of my favorite girls, Lanie for no reason at all. Well, as far as humans could tell. I tried to save her, hoping was minor wound, but it ended up killing her as she passed away Tuesday. So. Won't have any more home made fertile ones until I get another roo, and I plan to shop around carefully! Sure miss my original guy, Fred.

    Good luck with yours - I can't wait to be able to see the little guys/gals growing! Will give it another shot soon.
     

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