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hi, i'm new to this forum, although i've been reading backyard chickens for several years.  i'm hoping someone can help me with my egg hatching problem.  i have a wonderful broody hen who has raised several clutches of chicks for me.  usually i just buy day old chicks and put them under her in the middle of the night and she is a happy mama the next morning.  this time i chose to let her incubate some of our eggs.  3 chicks hatched just fine on day 21.  3 more got part way out of the shells and then died.   i did a bit of searching online and found that low humidity was the probable culprit.   i have been using mini flakes for bedding and i'm wondering if the drying ability of the chips could be the problem.   any ideas or suggestions?  thanks so much.

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I'm sorry for your hatching disappointment  but,  broody hens and bedding aren't the cause of their death.   Incubator deaths can be the result of too little humidity - chickens get shrink wrapped and stuck  in the shell.  Or too much humidity in a incubator can cause drowned chicks.  Some folks will open left over eggs and do a "chick-topsy," to figure out why they died etc.  Sometimes hatched chicks are too big for the egg and can't maneuver a way out.  Others may been positioned badly or had some genetic problem that causes their demise.

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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

 

All the best

CT

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thanks so much for your information.  it makes me feel much better that i didn't do something to the eggs/chicks.  thanks again.

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