Chick dead in shell

Southwellski

In the Brooder
8 Years
Aug 28, 2011
60
0
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Feltwell, UK
We just opened it to see if we could help it out but it was already dead. It was perfectly formed and still had a yolk sac slightly larger than it's head attached. There was fluid in the sac. We have had 3 hatch out of a batch of 5. We're opening the other one up too now as it is probably dead also. In fact whilst I was typing this, my husband opened up the other one which is exactly the same.
Does this information tell you anything that you can tell about why these chicks died? Could I have done something different?
 

tec27

Songster
8 Years
May 6, 2011
676
29
136
Pittsburgh
it may look like it was fully formed but if the yolk sac wasn't absorbed that means it prob died a day or two before the expected hatch date. this could be from bacteria, weakness, or humidity/temp problems.
 

riddleluvsrotties

In the Brooder
8 Years
Aug 29, 2011
32
0
22
At Home
I've been reading up on the humidity issue alot lately, I'm no expert but I agree with the previous posts. Humidity might've played a major role in the failure to thrive. Is there any way you can control the humidity in your future clutches? Mustn't totally ignore bacteria threats though. tec27 is a really smart cookie.
 

pete55

Songster
8 Years
Feb 19, 2011
1,743
230
171
Suffolk, UK
Hi there

It does sound as though the egg did not lose adequate moisture during incubation which has weakened the chicks resulting in late DIS. I am sorry to hear about it


Here's a link to help you to a thread I did earlier which explains this in more detail


https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=491013

Also there more links and information on incubation on our website;

http://oakgarthgeese.com

I hope it all helps you and good luck


Pete
 

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