4 dead chicks in shells.. They just needed to hatch..What did I do??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by standardbanty, May 6, 2009.

  1. standardbanty

    standardbanty Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2008
    Everything was ok all good conditions. 1 did have a crossed beak. They did not drown either.
  2. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    You may not have "done" anything wrong! Sometimes, they're just not meant to hatch. I'm sorry... [​IMG]
  3. DANNY

    DANNY Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2009
    How many eggs did you try to hatch?
  4. Darin115

    Darin115 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2008
    Asheboro, NC
    I generally have a few that just never tries to hatch. I hatch out 25 this past weekend and had 4 that just died in the shell. Another one pipped but died afterwards.

    Sometimes it just happens. The humidity was perfect, the temps were perfect. They were turned 3 times each day.
    It is just meant to be I guess.

    Last night I candled the eggs that I have in the bator now. 6 were non fertile or had blood rings. That is the most that I have ever had in a hatch. I guess I need to give the roo a pep talk.
    generally have 2-3 nonfertile or early quitters. I guess it just happened.

    The only other hatch that I had more was when my neighbor gave me 17 eggs. At day 8 I candled, all 17 were not fertile. I had 28 of my eggs. All of mine were fertile. I had 2 that did not attempt to hatch that had a full term chick inside. I had 2 others to pip and die.

    I hope I never have a total hatch failure. I am not sure if I could deal with it.

    I am happy with the ones that do hatch and try not to think much on the ones that don't make it.

  5. ams3651

    ams3651 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    it was my first time hatching and it was with a broody hen, I had 2 chicks that had a hard time making it out of the shell. I helped them a little only for them to die after hatching. They were weak and one had some kind of problem with it abdomen. I learned that next time I wont help and I will accept that they were just not strong enough to make it out and wont make it if they cant get out themselves.

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