Can Anything Else Go Wrong?!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Reyvaughn, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. Reyvaughn

    Reyvaughn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a bad hatch - me and incubators just don't get along.

    My first try at incubating was back in July. I lost all 56 eggs in my LG. I sold it and vowed to never use an incubator again. As luck would have it, I discovered the good eggs are available during the fall months because no one wants to hatch and winter babies. Of course, I had no broodies.

    I bought my kids and I a new incubator. I spent a little more and bought a Hovabator 1602 with a turner. Everything was fine until the 2nd day of hatching. There were to many chicks and not enough space and they were tramping over one of the newly hatched chicks. I didn't think it was going to make it because it was constantly on it's back. I gave it some Poly-vi-sol and it seems okay. Last night I assisted a chick that was pipped for 36hrs. It's abdomen was huge when I got it out (see my other thread on this). It's smaller, but it's having issues getting up. I had another chick hatch overnight and neither are dry enough to take out of the incubator, but I have a staggered hatch and I needed to get the rest of my turner out and get the other eggs ready for lock down.

    My incubator won't go over 88 degrees. Yes, it's cold outside and our bedroom gets little heat. So the ambient temp was low - it's not the first time since I set the eggs, but for some reason, this time I have the incubator turned all the way up and it isn't going up. I have a space heater out heating up our room. I have the wood stove cranked... I have 7 eggs left of the original 24 I set that did have movement when I candled them last night. And then these 7 I just put on lock down.

    I do have 11 chicks, but 11 out of an original 3 dozen... ? I was hoping for at least 20 to hatch.

    Is it possible my wafer took a crap? On it's first time out? Do they normally have issues after only 20 days of use?
     
  2. I've never incubatored but i have raised one day old chicks. put the ones that look strong, healthy, and dry in a tub( large container) with a heat lamp over them. they will be fine in your garage too, that is where we put ours under a heat lamp. Good Luck!
     
  3. Reyvaughn

    Reyvaughn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I already have the rest out. Only ones in are the 36hr pip chick and the one that hatched overnight - neither are dry enough to go in with the others. I decided that this morning would be the best time to put the others in lock down because I didn't have any other eggs pipped.
     
  4. Melissa Rose

    Melissa Rose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would wrap the incubator in a blanket that might help get the heat up. Also you can put a flat rock or two in it next time and that will help hold heat. I think it may be to late to put the rocks in for this hatch though. The chicklet with the swollen belly might be what is called a mushy chick and probably won't make it. It is an infection in their navel that they get before they hatch. The few I have had with it did not survive. Staggard hatches are hard. You might consider getting a cheap LG and using it as a hatcher.You can pull the chicklets out and stick them into the LG to dry and fluff. Also put something down on the wire like shelf liner to prevent them from being harmed on the wire bottom [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  5. dbcooper02

    dbcooper02 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I doubt a new wafer would quit on you and if it did it would be all or nothing. Either no heat or the heat going wild. A friend had a problem the other day getting his incubator up to temperature and on checking found only 90 volts at his wall socket instead of the usual 110. You may not have a voltmeter available, but you might want to try plugging it in somewhere else.
     
  6. Reyvaughn

    Reyvaughn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I never thought of mushy chick... It's belly is down now and it isn't chirping constantly. It's pooping and it is trying to stand, but it's staying on it's hocks. It has a slight spraddle leg problem at the moment. I gave it some poly-vi-sol to see if that helps it. Since the incubator isn't heating right, I put it in with the other chicks. It wasn't my #1 choice, but it was either freeze in a 88 degree incubator or tough it out where it's warm.

    My incubator is at 95 degrees now. It's warm in the bedroom again. I am wondering if my thermometer is acting up. It says 95 and the paper one that came with the incubator says it's over 100. i know those paper backed ones aren't the best. Hopefully it will straighten out.
     

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