All three chicks that hatched have died. What would you think?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by huckleberryfarm, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. huckleberryfarm

    huckleberryfarm Chickenista

    Jan 7, 2010
    Greenwood, SC
    I ordered Wheaten Ameraucana eggs from a seller on here with a good reputation. Out of 13 eggs, 11 went into lockdown and three hatched. Over the next three days, they all died. I found two dead this morning but they seemed fine last night. I've never had that happen before and the rest of the chicks are fine in the brooder. Any thoughts?
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Well, I'm guessing that possibly something may have happened during shipping, like maybe the eggs were severly shaken, or maybe x-rayed. An x-ray will kill an embryo, so maybe something just wasn't internally right with the chicks......Also, not sure of your climate, but the eggs could have been affected by extreme cold this time of hear.....

    It does happen. I sell eggs, and personally, I will comp some free eggs if a customer tells me they had a bad hatch, or even if an accident happens and the eggs are ruined....That's just me though.....

    So sorry about your chicks....

  3. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Songster

    Jun 7, 2010
    Portland, OR
    There are just so many variables involved in hatching chicks and having them survive. If the person you bought them from is reputable, then I would not raise a stink. Perhaps I would inform them of the outcome, but would not try to pass any blame.

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