Day 21 HALP!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by melodystar, Jun 20, 2017.

  1. melodystar

    melodystar Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi guys,

    It's day 21 and I woke up yesterday to 1 chick first thing in the morning, and 4 by the afternoon, as well as 2 zipped. I left the two that had zipped more than 24 hours before I decided to help them, since they were looking dry. lo and behold, they were totally shrink wrapped, with the membrane stuck to their fuzz. :(

    I helped them out and they are chirping away in the incubator as I type this. (Phew!!!) I think they'll be fine.

    I'm worried, however, about the rest. There are 29 more eggs in there to go. I haven't seen pips on any of them.

    I've upped the humidity. It was around 65 and I have it closer to 80 now with sponges. Are the rest toast now, since the humidity obviously was too low? Or if they haven't pipped can they still be ok?

    The anxiety is killing me. Ahhh!!!!
     
  2. JaeG

    JaeG Overrun With Chickens

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    They should still be ok if they haven't externally pipped. Honestly, as long as the eggs have lost enough moisture through the first part of incubation a high humidity (80% plus) is the way to go. It gives you a bit of leeway if you do need to open the incubator and chicks tend to have an easier time hatching. Good luck!
     
  3. melodystar

    melodystar Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you!
     
  4. melodystar

    melodystar Out Of The Brooder

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    The ones I helped out last night are still looking matted and wet, though behaving normal, loud and active. Could they be wet still after being in there overnight?

    Morning of Day 22 and nothing else yet that I can see.
     
  5. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    Humidity too high...60 to 65%.....Put into brooder ....They won't dry if humid....
     
  6. melodystar

    melodystar Out Of The Brooder

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    Well thanks guys...day 22 and no sign of life from any of the other eggs. Had a bad feeling and did the water test and none seemed to be moving, no chirping inside. I think they're done. I really don't understand it. I've had a terrible time incubating eggs. I got 6 this time, which is better than none, though!

    The ones I rescued are dry but very matted. Hopefully they fluff up. Do you think I should be trying to clean them up somehow?
     
  7. melodystar

    melodystar Out Of The Brooder

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    At least now that I've decided they are dead I can relax and stop worrying :/
     
  8. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    If humidity is too high...What happens is the shell gets too hard and the membranes too rubbery to pip out....They drown.....
     
  9. melodystar

    melodystar Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you. So then what do you recommend humidity-wise? I had it about 45-50% until day 18 and then 65%, which I raised yesterday when it seemed like the 2 were drying out.
     
  10. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    What kind of incubator?... Location and outside humidity are factors....
     

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