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Why would chicks die late- could it be the heat?

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Hi,

My hen recently hatched only 3 eggs out of 12. Sadly when I cracked the remaining 9 eggs, the chicks were really well formed and must have died just before hatching. Im wondering what happened as I have never had this before.

Some reasons I thought of are-

We have had really hot weather and maybe the eggs over heated.

We had a huge storm of thunder and lightening storm a day or so before the eggs were due.

The hen had pooped in the nest and some of the eggs had dried pooh on them- perhaps contamination?

We moved her and the eggs inside a day before hatching as the weather was really bad- maybe we disturbed the eggs somehow?

 

Any other ideas.

 

Thanks Jude

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Hi, Jude, welcome to BYC.  It is possible that after the move she may not have incubated the eggs adequately.  Soiling the nest may also have been part of the problem.

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