Waiting for Hatching: What to Expect and When to Intervene.

Eggs Not Hatching Until Days Later: An Uncommon but Possible Scenario.

I always look forward to the excitement of hatching new chicks. However, one hatch had me scratching my head in confusion. It was day 25, and there was no sign of pipping from the eggs. But I could see movement when I candled them. I wondered if anyone had experienced the same thing.

Factors That Affect Hatch Times

The incubation period for chickens is typically 21 days. However, there are several factors that can affect the hatch time. One of the most common factors is temperature. If the temperature is too high or too low, it can delay the hatch time.

According to some experienced chicken owners, if the temperature in the incubator fluctuates or is not maintained properly, it can lead to late hatching. “For the last two hatches, I have had babies arrive on days 26-28. I’m assuming my temperature was off, which is why they hatched later,” shared one chicken owner in a forum.

Humidity levels can also affect hatch times. If the humidity is too high or too low, it can cause the chicks to struggle to break free from their shells. Proper humidity levels are essential for a successful hatch.

Other factors that can affect hatch times include genetics, egg size, and egg fertility. It’s important to note that not all eggs will hatch at the same time, even if they were all laid on the same day. Some may hatch a day or two earlier or later than the rest.

What to Do If Your Eggs Are Late to Hatch

If you notice that your eggs are late to hatch, don’t panic. It’s possible that the chicks are just taking longer to hatch. Sometimes, it can take a few more days for the chicks to emerge from their shells.

It’s important to monitor the eggs closely, especially if you can see movement or hear chirping. Sometimes, the chicks can get stuck and need assistance. However, it’s crucial to wait until the chick has pipped the shell before intervening. Prematurely helping the chick can cause harm or death.


Eggs not hatching until days later can be an uncommon but possible scenario. It’s essential to monitor the temperature and humidity levels to ensure a successful hatch. If your eggs are late to hatch, don’t panic. Monitor them closely, and give them a little more time before calling it quits.

By understanding the factors that affect hatch times and being patient, you can increase the chances of a successful hatch and welcome new fluffy additions to your backyard flock.

Remember, some babies are just late!

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About James Polystead

I grew up on a small farm. My parents used to grow food and keep animals for our sustenance. They would sell the surplus to make an extra coin to supplement the income from their jobs. I am taking the same path. I have over 40 chickens for eggs and meat. I also grow vegetables in my backyard. follow me on Twitter

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