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chick barely alive

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by texasturtle, Mar 18, 2015.

  1. texasturtle

    texasturtle Out Of The Brooder

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    My eggs were suppose to hatch Saturday and Monday. Out of 7 eggs i have already lost 6. 2 of the six had formed but died before hatching. I float tested the last egg and nothing. Candled egg and nothing. Carefully started opening egg from air sac only to see a shrinked wrapped chick barely breathing. I wet the membrane wrapped in warm wet towel and put back in incubator. The membrane still has alot of veins. What do I do now?
     
  2. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nothing at this point to do but just watch it, If you have a humidifier I would get it set up and running, get the ambient humidity in the room where the incubator is up a bit and then make sure the humidity in the Incubator up to 60-65
     
  3. texasturtle

    texasturtle Out Of The Brooder

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    Can't believe I am having so many problems. I keep temperature right except i found out temp was dropping at night. But humidity has stayed around 60-70
     
  4. scflock

    scflock Overrun With Chickens

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    60-70 the whole time, or only after lockdown?
     
  5. texasturtle

    texasturtle Out Of The Brooder

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    50-55 before lockdown
     
  6. scflock

    scflock Overrun With Chickens

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    For me, in my area, that is still a little high. That coupled with dropping temps at night could be your problem. They aren't totally developed, and are probably drowning in the shells. I have had the same thing happen
     
  7. texasturtle

    texasturtle Out Of The Brooder

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    That's what I thought until i opened air sac areas of eggs and the inner membrane is solid white and the chick looks vacuumed sealed
     
  8. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well your humidity sounds fine now, so x out the humidifier, it ran alot higher than I like during the first 18 days but shouldn't have caused it to shrink wrap..

    Did it pip the inner membrane?
     
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2015
  9. texasturtle

    texasturtle Out Of The Brooder

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    No it's just all curled up in a ball. I don't think it can move but there are too many veins to see if formed all the way
     
  10. scflock

    scflock Overrun With Chickens

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    if the membrane is solid white, it is not shrink-wrapped. When the membrane start drying out, it starts turning a tan color. If you had to pip the egg for it, I don't think there is any way that it could have become shrink-wrapped. It just isn't ready to hatch
     

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