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a little help please!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by tastychicken, Jan 13, 2015.

  1. tastychicken

    tastychicken New Egg

    Jan 13, 2015
    I just tried to incubate chicken eggs. Only 10 out of 44 hatched. The rest are fully formed but dead inside the eggs. I helped 3 out after I noticed 2 tried to get out but died after hours of trying. The rest never even tried to get out.
    I have a forced air incubator with automatic turner and I never had the lid off for more than a few Seconds. Any thoughts would be great?! Thanks
  2. Nedw3

    Nedw3 Out Of The Brooder

    That's so sad, I wish I could help but I have no experience with this yet. I'm sure someone with knowledge of this problem will respond very soon.
  3. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 30, 2012
    River Valley, AR
    Welcome to the BYC. Sorry you had a bad experience. There are tons of things that could have happened. Moisture balance could be a part if the shells were too dry and hard and the chicks shrink wrapped. Search on the site. There are lots of threads that address incubation issues. Better luck next time, but enjoy the ones that made it.
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] We're glad you joined us!

    I'm sorry about the poor hatch. [​IMG]There are many incubation conditions that could cause the hatch you described. For more help, I would recommend posting in the Incubation section of the forums: Incubating & Hatching Eggs

    Hopefully, the members in that forum can help. Good luck!
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry about the bad hatch, hope you are able to figure out what is going on.
  7. Lhirsch3

    Lhirsch3 New Egg

    Jan 13, 2015
    Howdy y'all <:0)

    I wanted to join so I could possibly get some answers. I purchased 6 chickens (variety) last March (2014) and I'm sadly to say I only have 2 left. My dog is really mean and she killed four of my babies. Now my dog stays inside while they free range. The two I have left are RIR's and I absolutely love them:) they are truly the sweetest things ever. My question is with them being almost a year old, I'm wanting to know if they'll be okay with new baby chickens. I'm wanting to purchase more in March from Tractor Supply like I did the first time around. My husband made our old horse barn a chicken coop so the chickens have a mansion lol. The two Rhode Island Red's that I have are calm and very friendly. I never had any issues with them while I had all six. I actually had 3 reds and 3 black & white chickens (not sure of the name). The 3 b & w chickens were dominate of the flock. But anyhow, I'm wanting to get at least 6 to 8 babies this time and I want to know if the hens I have now will accept them. Any help will be appreciate it :) Thank you!!!
  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined!

    Sorry for your losses![​IMG]

    It is a hard ordeal to introduce new chickens to an already established flock. BUT it can be done! The easiest way to introduce properly is to set up a barrier in between the two sets of chickens. (Make sure the new ones are at least 8 weeks old.) This insures that they can meet but not fight. After about three weeks of this, you can let them mix. Except frequent fighting and only interfere if there is bloodshed. They should all settle down after a week or so.

    Here are two important links to check out also

    Best of luck!
  10. Lhirsch3

    Lhirsch3 New Egg

    Jan 13, 2015
    Thank you so much for the information. I will take a look at the links you have provided.

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