Chicks dying while hatching

bclark7679

Chirping
5 Years
Mar 27, 2014
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1
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I am incubating my third batch of eggs. I have had three baby chicks hatch and three more piping. I have had three die while hatching. They will pipe and then they die. My humidity is 70% and temp is 99.5. Is there a reason for them to pipe and die? I have never had this problem before? Please help.
 

bclark7679

Chirping
5 Years
Mar 27, 2014
34
1
77
I had the humidity at 50% during first 18 days. I have a chick zipping right now & two piping so not real sure why those 3 died after piping and the others have been ok. Would too high temps do that? When I went to bed last night the inc. Was fine then when I woke up the temp was like 100 & I had two dead chicks.
 

A roo or two

Chirping
6 Years
Sep 16, 2013
268
4
88
Florida
I had the humidity at 50% during first 18 days. I have a chick zipping right now & two piping so not real sure why those 3 died after piping and the others have been ok. Would too high temps do that? When I went to bed last night the inc. Was fine then when I woke up the temp was like 100 & I had two dead chicks.
I dry hatch so I keep my humidity as close to 30% as possible the first 18 days.

Yes they can become overheated. Did you calibrate your thermometer to be sure it was accurate? If it is off by 0.5 a degree or 1 degree, now you are talking 101 in the incubator, that's pretty warm, especially in high humidity.
 

ChickenLegs13

Songster
6 Years
Sep 4, 2013
1,401
178
143
Lower Alabama
50% is not excessively high if you're positive that your hydrometer is accurate. 100* is not hot enough to kill chicks, perhaps you had a spike or dip you were unaware of or your thermometer is whacked like roo or 2 mentioned?
Lots of times chicks simply don't make it even when you have everything perfect.
 

lmisialek

Hatching
5 Years
Jun 20, 2014
2
0
6
I have learned a lot from the posts. I have chicks almost done getting through the shell and then suddenly no movement and later examination reveals they are dead. Did high humidity during early incubation actually cause that?
 
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