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All eggs but 1 died on day 23. PLEASE HELP!!!

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Hello all. I had 12 eggs, great incubator with fan & turner. I have read everything I could find before attempting this. Temps were at 98.5 -99.5 for 18 days. Humidity at 40-45 whole time. Candling looked great. Day 18 moved 10 good eggs to lock down in separate incubator that was run at 99 degrees for a week prior. All water areas full & 3 wet sponges added only brought humidity up to 60. Day 22 first external pip & zipping started an hour later. 24 hours later, chicky died. Dry membrane- paper white. Next chick had started a zip & 6 hours later, I assisted. Only surviving chick! Autopsies showed all dry and white dried out membranes!!! No shrink wrapping. Very late deaths. We're devastated. How can I keep this from happening again? I have more eggs to go to lockdown on April 6!!!! I need help!!! Also lone survivor is sticky & wont fluff out. She's cheeping & stumbling around. I don't want to chill her, but dont want bacteria either! She's our miracle chick. What should I do? We are so worried!
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take a warm wet washcloth and wipe her down and put her in the brooder under a light with a feather duster in with her.

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It sounds like your temperatures are too low.  They should begin hatching on day 21.  Increase your temps on your next hatch, and I would suggest investing in a Brinsea Spot Check thermometer, as they are super accurate.

Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.



Join us for the 7th Annual Easter Hatchalong!
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1074649/the-7th-annual-byc-easter-hatch-a-long/0_50

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Is your incubator wafer or solid-state?

I have a wafer incubator and it reacts to barometric pressures too much. I now use banty hens exclusively to hatch.

If its a wafer incubator, check barometric pressures last 3 weeks, maybe you had a spike.

Also, what is the fertility/hatch rate of eggs?

Hope this helps.

Chickens and turkeys in the backyard since 1984. They co-habitate with PB pigs (5) and barn cats. Only purebreds are Welsummers, SC Rhode Island White and Royal Palm Turkeys. APA. NRA.

You would be amazed what you can trade eggs for.

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Oh yeah, I got a nap for that.

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Chickens and turkeys in the backyard since 1984. They co-habitate with PB pigs (5) and barn cats. Only purebreds are Welsummers, SC Rhode Island White and Royal Palm Turkeys. APA. NRA.

You would be amazed what you can trade eggs for.

No woman ever shot her husband while he was doing the dishes.

Oh yeah, I got a nap for that.

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I run my humidity around that 65-70% range during lock down and my temp around 99-100 degrees during the whole process from start to finish. However, that's for a circulated air incubator. If you have a still air I believe the temp is supposed to be around that 101-103 degree range and humidity probably the same. Hope that helps. I too had issues with the dry membranes but was able to get the humidity up before I lost any more of the chicks during hatching.
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