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post #11 of 18

Wow that is way too low that is what you put hatched chicks at eggs should be 100-101.5

post #12 of 18
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Interesting. I have always gone by that temp and never had an issue. You think if I try to jump it up they would hatch?
post #13 of 18

Possibly, though you may still end up with issues from the low temps from incubation.

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post #14 of 18

A real concern would be that the chicks may run out of nutrients while developing.  By now, the yokes may have been absorbed.  When I had my late hatch due to temperature loss during the storm, when the chicks did hatch, they were starving and eagerly ate as soon as they dried off.

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post #15 of 18
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I'll give it a shot. Stay tuned. Hope this works. I'm still puzzled though.
post #16 of 18
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Just went and turned up heat. I put a light on most of them. I saw movement in some and others it looked solid with an air pocket in the egg.
post #17 of 18

Movement is good.  The others may have quit already though.  Good luck.

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post #18 of 18

Good luck!  I always candle at lockdown and sit tight for at least 4-5 days.  I just had a rough hatch that dragged out for 5 days!  The incubator got left open for a day, and atop that, the eggs were being collected from a very very cold coop.  I was collecting 3-4 times a day, hoping the eggs weren't getting too cold before coming inside, so I'm sure that didn't help.

I waited 3 days, took the hatched chicks out, and chanced a candle.  This was my styrofoam LG incubator with the plastic viewing windows, so I just popped a window out and snatched an egg quickly, replacing the window to try and preserve humidity.  I candled each egg this way, removed the obviously dead ones, put the 'not sure' ones in one corner, and the 'definitely alive' ones in another corner.  I waited another 2 days.  All of the 'definitely alive' eggs hatched in the first 36 hours, and another day later 2 surprised me from the 'not sure' egg cluster.  I whisked them out of the now very smelly incubator and got everyone eating and drinking.  I lost 3 from the whole hatch due to weakness; 2 were trampled, and the 3rd was the very last one to hatch and just didn't have any umph left.  But everyone else was goin' strong, a total of 20-odd chicks.

Hope that helps :)

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