Originally Posted by taylorsonfarm
I still haven't quite figured out how to start a new post, so I am just trying this. We had 19 duck eggs and 18 chicken eggs in a still air incubator. Everything seemed to be going well, on the 21st and 28th day we heard chirping and some pipping started. We ended up with 4 ducklings and 3 chicks. Once we waited the extra few days to see if any more would hatch, we took the remaining eggs outside and broke them open (after candling). All but three eggs had developed almost completely but the babies were dead. What happened? How can we prevent this in the future? Please help. I am broken hearted.
In order to help we need to know a few things:
1)What model incubator are you using and is it a still air or forced air?
2)Do you have your own accurate checked thermometers inside the incubator?
3)What was your temp for the incubation and what was the humidity for the first 17 days and then after lockdown?
4)When you did te eggtopsies what did you note about the chicks? Were they quite wet with extra fluid in the shell? Were they dry with the membrane pulled VERY tightly around them?
We can help you troubleshoot and give you tips for a better hatch, just remember we all do things differently and still have successfull hatches. You need to take the info and opinions that you are given and go with what makes sense and feels right to you. 100% hatches are NOT the norm because we can't provide the optimal conditions for each individual egg because each egg is different. So it's typical to have a hatcher or two that doesn't make it, but I think we can help you improve your hatch rates from the numbers you quoted.