A lot of chicks malpositioned

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mgardner, Apr 3, 2016.

  1. mgardner

    mgardner New Egg

    Mar 14, 2016
    So I put 23 eggs into lockdown. 11 hatched. So after day 24 I candled, there was no movement. So I put a little hole in the air cell. They were all dead. So when I opened them 7 were upside down. One was right side up and had pipped internally but never got past that. And the other 4 died about a week ago probably. I'm happy I got 11 healthy chicks but less than 50% hatch rate seems like a bummer. And is there a reason SO many were upside down? When I got them the lady I picked them up from she had them stored wrong, big side down. But I fixed it immediately. Would this have anything to do with it? Thanks for your input
  2. cmfarm

    cmfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Elgin, TX
    It really doesn't matter that much how you store them. Did they look dried out, or was the membrane dried out? It could be a # of things. Maybe the chicks got too big too fast.

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