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    lawless23456 is offline Seedling
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    hi all

    our eggs started cheeping yesterday, but we haven't heard them since about 8pm last night should we be worried?

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    Nope - I wouldn't worry, cheeping is not a constant thing and they can cheep if they are grinding away at the shell - like blokes they can't multitask!!

    Next stage is pipping - day 21, then still don;t worry actual hatch can be up to 24 hours later

    Jennie

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    Nice description Jennie
    My girls found their way into my heart and now they nest there

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    Default still all quiet on the western front

    still no sign of the chicks, getting rather anxious! no more noises still!

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    when is d-day? day 21

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bramble-Poultry View Post
    when is d-day? day 21
    was yesterday

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    Hmm ok, Assuming your humidity and temperature are ok they should have at least pipped by now. However if the temp has been running a little low they can be up to 2 days after, but never more in my experience.

    Do you have a method of candleing them, you can see the chicks moving around inside the eggs and you will know that they are alive. If you have no method of candleing them then lift them gently and hold them to your ear you may hear faint grinding, but this is not really a reliable method as you may catch teh chick at rest and is not a method I overly recommend due to it affecting the temp and humidity in the incubator.

    If they have died at this stage it is almost certainly due to a problem with temp and/or humidity, this usually occurs if either the incubator is set up wrong or the lid is removed too often - ideally the lid should not be removed at all wne turning stops, if it is then 1 max 2 times a day for just a few seconds to check the temp and humidity readings if like me you use an internal sensor. another cause can be weak chicks but it is unusual to get an entire batch of weak chicks you usually get just 1 or 2.

    Sorry to be the nasty witch who brings bad news!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bramble-Poultry View Post
    Hmm ok, Assuming your humidity and temperature are ok they should have at least pipped by now. However if the temp has been running a little low they can be up to 2 days after, but never more in my experience.

    Do you have a method of candleing them, you can see the chicks moving around inside the eggs and you will know that they are alive. If you have no method of candleing them then lift them gently and hold them to your ear you may hear faint grinding, but this is not really a reliable method as you may catch teh chick at rest and is not a method I overly recommend due to it affecting the temp and humidity in the incubator.

    If they have died at this stage it is almost certainly due to a problem with temp and/or humidity, this usually occurs if either the incubator is set up wrong or the lid is removed too often - ideally the lid should not be removed at all wne turning stops, if it is then 1 max 2 times a day for just a few seconds to check the temp and humidity readings if like me you use an internal sensor. another cause can be weak chicks but it is unusual to get an entire batch of weak chicks you usually get just 1 or 2.

    Sorry to be the nasty witch who brings bad news!
    just candled them using a powerful torch and some toilet roll holder and 4 look viable so fingers crossed

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