Originally Posted by BellaSaff
I have acted on the advice that chicks will hatch past day 21, heard the cheeps and then they stop. Of course at this time I find chicky dead in the egg. This has happened now on three different (and my only hatches).
Today's was 1 naturally hatched overnight, one was pipped this morning, one was cheeping and the other silent.
This afternoon is about 4 hours past the 21 day mark and the pipper had zipped a little, but both eggs stopped rocking and I went to assist. Both active eggs from the morning had dead in shell chicks, and the inactive was cheeping, so I made a window, membranes looked ready, and I opened half the egg, little live chicken placed back in incubator....
Really... I seem to keep coming up dead chicks when I don't assist and each that I do lives.... Are others finding the wait on eggs gives dead chicks.
The partially zipped one had been knocked upside down, possibly why dead?
Final question for those of you with time and experience to reply is the little assisted chick has a beak that is skewed, top across bottom, I know I didn't do this as I was careful to pip at the air near, but not at the beak. Is this a comon deformity and can I help? I recently corrected a splay leg chick who looks perfect among the brood-brothers/sisters so I am keen to intervene.
Expecting another hatch due Friday midday and I do not want to let the cheeps RIP. At what time on hatch day do you guys get moving to save the little guys?
It sounds like you have a incubator problem that is leaving you with a bad decision at the end.
if the chicks are late then it normally due to the incubator being 1-2 degrees cooler. If i have chicks that fail very late or during the pip stage the first thing I suspect is high humidity during the early stages of incubation resulting in a small air cell. If you see goo at the pip site its a sign that the chick drown at pip.
There lots of reasons why things go wrong and as you seem to be getting the same results its time to look at all the possible reasons. The best approach is information.
What was the temp during incubation.
What condition is the breeding flock in.
how thick is the shell compared to a store bought egg.
what was the humidity during incubation.
what was the humidity during hatch.
Are the eggs shipped.
Anything notable that happened during incubation.
Could you see the air pocket or were the egg shells to dark.
What was the size of the air pocket compared to a online chart.
Did you do a egg-topsy was the chick shrink wrapped, stuck to shell wall or gooey wet
Now this will sound cruel and uncaring but a cross break chick is bad news. We had one and I don't regret the time or effort we spent on that chicken but if we ever get another we will cull it immediately. It may shows a flock in poor health. Its also sometime generic.
splayed leg can happen for a number of reasons but the most common is a slippery incubator floor. If that is the case they sell draw liner that looks like rubber mesh real cheap that is great for putting in the bottom of the incubator.
I personally have no problems with assisting as long as you have a plan before you start. I have a tool kit near the incubator just in case.