contest for the biggest "LOSER" percentage batch lost!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by sonew123, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Well I feel that would be me! I set 38 eggs-day by day-lost them all-today day 18 candled the last 2 I had left and nothing=cracked them NOthing! so..that makes me feel so much better---I fried mine with 110 temps for 3 days-thermometer not working right-but great attitude I have silkie eggs coming this week and Im feeling great vibes...live and learn I guess-not one had viability-so at least I didn't have to witness full grown chicks that died just prior to hatching..yet...
     
  2. ChickieKeeta

    ChickieKeeta C'mon C'mere Fluffa Feathers

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    Hello, Sonew.

    Great attitude. All who incubated for the first time have
    had a new & educational experience. Some heart breaks
    and some joys.

    We don't know if the eggs are fertile when we begin. Genetics play a roll. Inbreeding. Temps. A roll of the dice.
    Knowledge and experience help but if mother nature is having a bad hair day there isn't much we can do.

    My temps were all over and 8 of 9 hatched. Two weeks old
    and so far two have scissors beak. Maybe mother nature was busy elsewhere when she shoud have taken them
    before they hatched.

    When we get chicks from a hatchery or feed store we don't know how closely they are related. I didn't even think about that before hatch. The roo was in the same box as the pullets. (he was supposed to be a pullet) They matured and now there are babies. One of my original group had cross beak. Nature took her by predator.

    Live. Learn. Keep on growing & going.
     
  3. IggiMom

    IggiMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2009
    West Virginia
    What is scissors beak? I can sort of picture it but don't really know.

    Mine got down to 98 last night, I don't know why, I guess just the temp of the room they are in, so I hope they will be ok. It is supposed to get up to 70 today so my room is bound to get warmer and I hope the eggs don't get too warm.

    I have them in the most stable room in the house but it gets warmer during the day and cooler and night and I cannot help that.
     
  4. ChickieKeeta

    ChickieKeeta C'mon C'mere Fluffa Feathers

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    Scissors beak or Cross beak
    Chicken Little May 20, 2008 - late Oct 2008
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  5. IggiMom

    IggiMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2009
    West Virginia
    Oh, my goodness, thank you for the picture. I have never seen that. Are they hatched with it or does it develop later? Anything to do about it?
     
  6. ChickieKeeta

    ChickieKeeta C'mon C'mere Fluffa Feathers

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    Both. Some hatch with it some develop it as they grow. I have read those that develop after hach have a higher
    survival rate.

    When very young, holding the beak in normal position a few minues 3 or 4 times a day is supposed to help. It is said to be painful. (Before cartiledge hardens.) Beak trimming. Deep dish so chick can force food in. Oatmeal like feed. Add water to crumbles.

    Turning the soil and getting bugs & worms on top of
    unlevel soil so chick can pick it up. They can't pick up from a level surface. Turning soil causes chick to follow where ever
    you go. I came in the house, turned to close the door & Chiken Little was inside at my feet. I miss her.
     
  7. grizz78

    grizz78 Out Of The Brooder

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    Put me in the hat for this one as well. Day 23 and no pip yet. First time with LG no turner or fan. Hand turned 3 times a day, temp 102. I was hoping for at least one to hatch. Don't know how long to leave them in before I give up and try again.
     
  8. KinderKorner

    KinderKorner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    My last batch I put 30 eggs in the incubator. 3 hatched.

    I had no temperature problems, but I didn't test for humidity, and I live in a humid area. So my guess is mine all drowned. Anyway. I bought a hydrometer, and am trying again.
     
  9. Randy

    Randy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lost three incubaters full when the January ice storm hit.[​IMG]
     
  10. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    I lost all 6 of my sizzle eggs , 4 made it past absorbing there yolk but never tried to hatch for whatever reason and 2 seemd almost fully developed but hadnt absorbed there yolk

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