cause for baby chicks that can't walk?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by oldcluck, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. oldcluck

    oldcluck Out Of The Brooder

    May 16, 2011
    I need some help from the incubator experts. I just hatched 24 of 36 fertile eggs in my genesis incubator. I left it at factory set temp of 100. I kept humidity at 45% raising to 65% at last 3 days. Of the 24 chicks 4 were unable to keep their legs under them and had to be culled. I am not a complete newbie at this and am aware that slick surfaces can cause spraddle legs but these chicks were on wire in the incubator and on cloth in the brooder. I noticed the chicks had this problem as I took them out of the incubator. Other chicks are doing fine.Chicks began hatching on the evening of the 19th day so i think maybe the set temp should be moved to 99.5.
    Does improper heat or humidity cause this problem? Should i have pulled a vent plug? Any input appreciated.
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2012
  2. deserthotwings

    deserthotwings Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2011
    Queen Creek AZ
    Sounds like you had it all set perfect. I don't have any answers but would sure like to hear what the experts say about this.

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