Day 21 and no chicks :(

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Emchick160, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. Emchick160

    Emchick160 Out Of The Brooder

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    My very first hatch, was going very well... We hatched 4 quails on day 16, one chick hatched over 24 hours ago, would have been day 19 that we saw it pip, and now its been over 24 hours since that. We saw one egg rocking last night, about 12 hours ago but nothing since.
    We have had real trouble with humidity and have tried everything we have read on this forum to get the humidity above 40%. The first day of lockdown, day 18 was perfect at 60%, filled the trays etc. Later that night my husband saw the water had gone down as had the humidity, so he topped it back up to where we had filled it previously and it has never been the same since!!
    I fear its to late for these cicks and am so disappointed and sad... We were all looking forward to chicks.
    Is there anything we can do to try and salvage these babies.....
    Thanks in advance
     
  2. StephensonC

    StephensonC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most of mine hatched late Sunday night at day 21. Nothing yesterday, then this morning I figured the rest of the eggs that were left, were dead. I was getting ready to do eggtopsies and clean the bator then noticed 4 of them had pipped!! So, speaking from experience I would say give it a little more time. Have you tried candling them to look for internal pips or movement?
     
  3. Emchick160

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    Im going to give them a few more days just to be sure. I tried to candle a couple last night very carefully, but couldnt see any movement... Figured that might be because they were to big to move around to much.
    Im postive its to do with the lack of humidity, Its a brand new bator, and an indepandant hydgo and temp. I have no ides how to calibrate it either, should have mentioned its a 42 egg janoel model. Such a shame to come this far, devastated :(
     
  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Quote:It is pretty devastating to loose your hatch. My first hatch was a bust. 17 went into lockdown moving and only one hatched and survived. (Bad thermometer.) 2nd hatch was 13/16 so much better. At lock down I added three wet sponges and then just pulled them out quickly to rehydrate them when needed. Kept the humidity up well. I would definitely give them a couple extra days. You could still get some.
     
  5. dorpersheep

    dorpersheep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes definitely don't give up yet!
    I had rocking and cheeping at day 21, yet no one actually emerged until day 24 & 25.
    All caused by low temp & humidity.
    Hang in there, don't give up just yet!
     
  6. StephensonC

    StephensonC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any changes?
     
  7. Emchick160

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    Thanks guys, I have one chick pipping as we speak!!! Eeekkkkk!! Will keep you updated as the day progresses :)
     
  8. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Yay!!!!
     
  9. StephensonC

    StephensonC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] How exciting!! Glad you gave them more time!!
     
  10. dorpersheep

    dorpersheep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Woo hoo great news! Fingers crossed for the rest too! [​IMG]
     

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