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Bad Hatch- what went wrong?

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Hi all, I was just wondering what went wrong with my first hatch. On the 30th January I set 10 small (I think pullet eggs) partridge wyanndotte eggs in my RCOM 10 pro. After candling 6 were fertile. Through out the incubation the incubator held a steady 37.5C and 45-53% humidity. They were put into lockdown on day 18 with the humidity at 70%. The first egg pipped on day 21 and hatched over 24 hours later. This chick is very weak and it doesn't look like it is going to survive.

Next one pipped and hatched in 1-2 hours (day 22) and is very strong ( now in brooder). Then two pipped but 24 hours later no progress and the membranes had dried out. One had started unzipping about 10 hours before but it was obvious that they wouldn't be able to get out on their own. One seemed to have died so using the assistanting hatchs article on here we assisted the other one out (day 23) and it seems to be very strong but small and I think it has crooked toes. The two others haven't done anything and I suspect they are late quiters.hit.gif

What are all your chicken expert opinions on this? Was it something to do with the eggs or is it my method? Thanks in advance.
Edited by chickygirl7 - 2/23/16 at 10:59am
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~Welsh Harlequins~
~Khaki Campbells~
...and a flock of bantam SLW, Partridge Wyandottes, Silver Pencilled Wyandottes, Sulmtaler, Silkie and a Polish mix

3 beautiful female Welsh Harlequin ducklings called Luna, Winter and Dawn.

2nd place Welsh Harlequin Drake at the UK National Poultry Show 2016
1st place Junenvile Handler at the National Poultry Show 2016
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DUCK OBSESSED!

~Welsh Harlequins~
~Khaki Campbells~
...and a flock of bantam SLW, Partridge Wyandottes, Silver Pencilled Wyandottes, Sulmtaler, Silkie and a Polish mix

3 beautiful female Welsh Harlequin ducklings called Luna, Winter and Dawn.

2nd place Welsh Harlequin Drake at the UK National Poultry Show 2016
1st place Junenvile Handler at the National Poultry Show 2016
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post #2 of 4

It is never a good idea to use pullet eggs there is either not enough room or there isn't enough nutrients, which can cause deformities.

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Originally Posted by chickygirl7 View Post

Hi all, I was just wondering what went wrong with my first hatch. On the 30th January I set 10 small (I think pullet eggs) partridge wyanndotte eggs in my RCOM 10 pro. After candling 6 were fertile. Through out the incubation the incubator held a steady 37.5C and 45-53% humidity. They were put into lockdown on day 18 with the humidity at 70%. The first egg pipped on day 21 and hatched over 24 hours later. This chick is very weak and it doesn't look like it is going to survive.

Next one pipped and hatched in 1-2 hours (day 22) and is very strong ( now in brooder). Then two pipped but 24 hours later no progress and the membranes had dried out. One had started unzipping about 10 hours before but it was obvious that they wouldn't be able to get out on their own. One seemed to have died so using the assistanting hatchs article on here we assisted the other one out (day 23) and it seems to be very strong but small and I think it has crooked toes. The two others haven't done anything and I suspect they are late quiters.hit.gif

What are all your chicken expert opinions on this? Was it something to do with the eggs or is it my method? Thanks in advance.

You should post this in the incubating & hatching eggs section. You will get a lot more replies although i'm pretty sure chicklover 1998 is right.

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Sorry- still I jo a couple of days ago and I'm still trying to work out how to do everything right.😳
DUCK OBSESSED!

~Welsh Harlequins~
~Khaki Campbells~
...and a flock of bantam SLW, Partridge Wyandottes, Silver Pencilled Wyandottes, Sulmtaler, Silkie and a Polish mix

3 beautiful female Welsh Harlequin ducklings called Luna, Winter and Dawn.

2nd place Welsh Harlequin Drake at the UK National Poultry Show 2016
1st place Junenvile Handler at the National Poultry Show 2016
Reply
DUCK OBSESSED!

~Welsh Harlequins~
~Khaki Campbells~
...and a flock of bantam SLW, Partridge Wyandottes, Silver Pencilled Wyandottes, Sulmtaler, Silkie and a Polish mix

3 beautiful female Welsh Harlequin ducklings called Luna, Winter and Dawn.

2nd place Welsh Harlequin Drake at the UK National Poultry Show 2016
1st place Junenvile Handler at the National Poultry Show 2016
Reply
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