Chick born without wing???

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by meltel, Sep 2, 2016.

  1. meltel

    meltel Overrun With Chickens

    I incubated and hatched a batch of seramas. The chicks started hatching really early-like day 16! I think my humidity was too low because several got the shrink wrap thing and I had to "assist". (I have done it before if the chick pips and I see it struggling with the membrane after 32 hrs from pip). But this one was really tough and I didn't think it was gonna make it. Well it is chirping and waddling around in the incubator... but it is missing a wing! Has anybody ever heard of this? I am fairly new to chickens and I don't mind caring for a handicap bird if it will do ok-especially a small one like a serama. It looks like an empty joing where the wind should have been. I was kind of scared i ripped it off while trying to help it hatch but there was no wing in the egg shell or membrane remnant. Thanks for any help!
     
  2. DwayneNLiz

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    It sounds like the heat of your bator was also too high which can cause abnormalities
     
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  3. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I'd have to agree. With that early of hatching and abnormalities, I would say high temps.
     
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  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    I agree too with the too high temps. Also turning could have been an issue. Turning the eggs helps the embryo develop all its limbs and parts in the right place.
     
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  5. meltel

    meltel Overrun With Chickens

    Thanks everybody for your help! I took the baby out of the bator and got the large egg off it. It does have a wing-really stuck to it's side-whew! It was a bare spot where feathers were off. Seems to be doing well and looking normal. I use a Hovabator with auto egg turner and the automatic humidity control system and the set temp is 100 degrees so maybe I will take it down to 99.5 and up the humidity on day 14 (I usually keep it at 40 and have had a decent hatch rate on my shipped eggs). I may also hand turn the eggs once a day just in case. This is the second lot I purchased from the same person and got some really nice quality birds. My seramas usually do hatch early (usually day 19) which I hear is not uncommon. Thanks for all the info. Definitely great pointers!!! This incubating stuff is addicting!
     
  6. DwayneNLiz

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    :thumbsup
     
  7. RubyNala97

    RubyNala97 Overrun With Chickens

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    The temperature controls on the incubator can be off, just slightly or up to a few degrees. (Even with brand new incubators). You need a calibrated thermometer in there to check the accuracy of the incubator controls. I can post a link on how to calibrate a thermometer for accuracy of you like.
     
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  8. DwayneNLiz

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    Agreed!!

    Calibration is a MUST: HOW TO CALIBRATE post #9068
     
  9. meltel

    meltel Overrun With Chickens

    Thank you. I will check it out before my next hatch!!!!
     
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