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Hey guys,

 

I've got a little bit of an interesting situation. I'm not entirely sure what is going on so I'm going to share some details and

see if you guys can help me figure this out.

 

Alright, so me and my dad built our own incubator. It seemed to work fine so we ordered some eggs and popped them in. At first everything seemed okay but then we had some really cold nights. The incubator would cool down significantly so I'd raise the temp. and then in the morning it would be way too hot. >.< Long story short I lost my whole hatch except for one egg.

 

Today is the day it should be hatching. It is definitely still alive, I can see it moving when I candle so I have a little hope. The problem is that the chick isn't nearly as big as I think it should be at this point.  

 

So I'm thinking, 1 : It's been damaged and wasn't able to grow right and probably won' live.

 

But something else occurred to me. This is a bantam chick, but the egg it's in is as big as a small standard size egg. Is it possible that it just looks small because the egg is too big??? Just curious.

 

Even if that is the case, is it possible it might even be able to hatch? Even then it seems unlikely. :/

 

Any one with ideas or experience???

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Hey guys,

 

I've got a little bit of an interesting situation. I'm not entirely sure what is going on so I'm going to share some details and

see if you guys can help me figure this out.

 

Alright, so me and my dad built our own incubator. It seemed to work fine so we ordered some eggs and popped them in. At first everything seemed okay but then we had some really cold nights. The incubator would cool down significantly so I'd raise the temp. and then in the morning it would be way too hot. >.< Long story short I lost my whole hatch except for one egg.

 

Today is the day it should be hatching. It is definitely still alive, I can see it moving when I candle so I have a little hope. The problem is that the chick isn't nearly as big as I think it should be at this point.  

 

So I'm thinking, 1 : It's been damaged and wasn't able to grow right and probably won' live.

 

But something else occurred to me. This is a bantam chick, but the egg it's in is as big as a small standard size egg. Is it possible that it just looks small because the egg is too big??? Just curious.

 

Even if that is the case, is it possible it might even be able to hatch? Even then it seems unlikely. :/

 

Any one with ideas or experience???

It's possible that the cold periods if they were long enough caused the development to slow down in which case IF it hatches it may be a delayed hatcher. As long as it's alive there's hope. My first hatch was compromised by a bad thermometer. I lost all but 2. They were behind on lockdown, and one hatched day 24 and lived one hatched day 25 and died. So, it's basically a waiting game. 

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It's possible that the cold periods if they were long enough caused the development to slow down in which case IF it hatches it may be a delayed hatcher. As long as it's alive there's hope. My first hatch was compromised by a bad thermometer. I lost all but 2. They were behind on lockdown, and one hatched day 24 and lived one hatched day 25 and died. So, it's basically a waiting game. 

Thank you,

 

Losing a batch is always so frustrating. :/ Sad too. I was looking forward to seeing the little peepers. 

 

I guess I'll just have to wait. Nice to know they can still make it if they hatch late. Day 21, still no sign of pipping, but as long as it's still alive I'm going to keep the bator going. 

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Thank you,

 

Losing a batch is always so frustrating. :/ Sad too. I was looking forward to seeing the little peepers. 

 

I guess I'll just have to wait. Nice to know they can still make it if they hatch late. Day 21, still no sign of pipping, but as long as it's still alive I'm going to keep the bator going. 

I would. There are hatchers that will turn off the bator at a certain period, but as long as I know there is life, I can't.

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I would. There are hatchers that will turn off the bator at a certain period, but as long as I know there is life, I can't.

Same here. :) 

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Day 23. The chick is still alive and kicking, but still no sign of pipping. :/

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Day 23. The chick is still alive and kicking, but still no sign of pipping. :/

:(

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The chick passed away. :/ It wasn't even fully developed. 

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The chick passed away. :/ It wasn't even fully developed. 

:hugs Sorry to hear that.

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