This is my first year to have fertile eggs. My male is 1 this spring and my female is 2. I've set 4 eggs at a time in my incubator (I get 4 eggs in 10 days or so). Out of the first batch of 4, 3 began to develop but one quit. By my count they were running late when other 2 pipped then stopped for over 24 hours. I finally helped them both since I was afraid the membranes were getting too dry & they were just too exhausted. 1 was already dead -- had not absorbed the yolk. The other was alive but extremely weak. It acted like it had a pinched nerve in its neck. I started the poly-vi-sol vitamins and infant cereal with chick starter mush. It could stand on its own if it could lean against my hand, but it had no neck control. It lasted 3 days then died. My second group of 4 eggs only had 2 that began to develop. One quit. One pipped on time Saturday morning but then nothing else happened for 24 hours. I helped unzip the egg more then let it push the rest of the way out. It has okay head control but has not stood in 24 hours now. It scootches around on its "elbows". When it rests, it keeps its legs tucked up under it. Again, I've started the poly-vi-sol & mush. I've tried to support it to stand, but it keeps its legs bent all the time.
I really need ideas and advice on what is going on! Is this a parent/genetic thing? Can I do something to get better quality eggs or stronger chicks? The parents are on a high protein diet with greens and occasional meal worms or crickets. Is there something I'm doing with the incubation process? 99.5 degrees & humidity around 60-70% is my normal right now. I'm turning the eggs 3 times a day. My next batch is coming up on May 1st. I haven't candled them lately to see what is going on. I'm trying to tell myself that this group hatches on their own or else...but I don't know if I have the will power to stick to that.
Thanks for reading the long post! I really would appreciate any constructive advice.