chicks fully formed but dead.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by sdugey, Aug 31, 2014.

  1. sdugey

    sdugey Out Of The Brooder

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    For my last 3 hatches, my chicks were fully formed but did not PIP out. They were dead. I am on day 22, of my third batch, I even turned the eggs myself this time about 3 to 4 times a day. I have a egg turner and a see through window on my incubator. It looks like it is going to happen again. Help!
     
  2. darkbluespace

    darkbluespace Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry to hear your eggs are not hatching! That happened to me in my first hatch and I discovered that my humidity was too high... maybe that is what is up with your hatches? They grew too big to be able to hatch. They have to have room to move around and pip and zip. So I tried dry incubating... with just the eggs alone the humidity was around 30% and had a few small 100% hatches.

    What is your humidity normally at during incubation?
     
  3. arkansas55

    arkansas55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sorry for your loss[​IMG]
     
  4. sdugey

    sdugey Out Of The Brooder

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    60% humidity
     
  5. darkbluespace

    darkbluespace Chillin' With My Peeps

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    60% is good for the last three days... try half that (25 to 35%) for incubation and I'll bet you hatch some chicks!
     
  6. sdugey

    sdugey Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone.
     
  7. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    where I live my ambient humidity is between 47 and 63% ... I have started doing dry incubating and i do not monitor humidity at all within the incubator, instead, when its time to candle I check air cell growth, I have had some really bad hatches but since doing this, my last two have been 90% and the 100% not saying it will work for everyone but in my climate it works the best for me.
     
  8. sdugey

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    I always thought more humidity the better. Thank you for the advice
     
  9. I am not sure if anyone will help me here but I just hatched out some chicks and of the 14 that were fully formed I only had 2 hatch. My humidity levels were between 30 and 35% then I pumped up the humidity for the last 3 days and quit turning. 2 hatched and the rest did nothing. Not sure what I did wrong. Temp was 99 to 100. Never above. What else can I do? I really wanted these babies to hatch out and I am sooooo disappointed. Seems I have better luck using a broody. UGGGhhhh!! Help please!
     
  10. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/egg-failure-to-hatch-diagnosing-incubation-problems

    Sorry to hear you have had only two hatch :hugs

    The most common cause of fully developed chicks that don't hatch is too high humidity during the incubation period. I would check and calibrate your hygrometer just to make sure it is giving you correct readings. Also monitoring air cell growth during incubation can tell you if the eggs are losing enough moisture. For chicken eggs it is approximately 13% of weight it needs to lose. If you weigh the eggs from the very start of incubation.

    The above article in the link by sumi is an excellent read with lots of great information.
    Wishing you the very best of luck with your future incubation.
     

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