Anyone else have problems with Bantam eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by stone_family3, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Seems everytime I set them they get to day 15-18 and then quit :(

    Are they fickle or something? Is there a trick to this?
     
  2. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No one else has this problem?
     
  3. pawtraitart

    pawtraitart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What breed are they?
     
  4. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mixed breed, mostly Dutch bantam (mom) and Cochin bantam (dad).

    I currently have some in for the Easter hatch that are Japanese and Cochin bantams. These ones are pure bred and it would really be a shame if they didn't hatch.
     
  5. hankster

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    I have hatched Japanese Bantams for several years. Eggs in the incubator seem to bring issues for me. Eggs under a broody bantam hatch out very well. I am sure it is the incubator in my case.
     
  6. pawtraitart

    pawtraitart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you setting eggs from other chicken breeds at the same time that ARE hatching? It's a process of elimination to determine if it's genetic, nutrition, or incubation. In general, my bantams hatch very easily. (pure bantam cochin)
     
  7. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The last hatch I had several bantams with my large breed, all with the same hatch date and none of them turned out. All were candled by day 7 (veins and blob), 12 (blob some light veins), day 17 (blob and clear). I let them stay for 22 days and when I did eggtopsy they never made it passed 15 or 16 days, according to pics on BYC.

    This hatch date I have 4 bantie eggs with my large breed that are due Wednesday and then I also have another set that includes 20 bantie eggs that are due on April 7th. So yes I do have over lapping hatches.

    This current hatch (due wednesday), I candled all the eggs and they were doing fine on day 15, now they don't look so well. I'm still letting them go through lock down, but they are all clear with a blob in it and one is unknown due to spotty shell. I candled them this morning before setting lock down.
     
  8. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It would be awesome if one of my hens would do her motherly duty and go broody.

     
  9. pawtraitart

    pawtraitart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What type of incubator? Temps? Humidity? Also, how old are your breeders?
     
  10. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Vinotemp wine cooler conversion, it's forced air, temp is between 99.5 and 100.8, humidity is in the 20s and then up to the mid 40s during lock down (I do have a humidity problem)

    Birds are between 9 and 12 months. None of the eggs put in the incubator are less then 4 days old.

    The newer eggs for the Easter Hatch are from another person.

     

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