Dead Chicks?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by BarrettG, Feb 26, 2016.

  1. BarrettG

    BarrettG Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I'm in the Middle of the hatch and I come home to notice that there is about 8 chicks all in the incubator that are just laying there and seem like they're dead. I opened up the incubator and put one in my hands and it just seems lifeless it was breathing a little bit and churping but when I set them down in the incubator they just pop right over and lay down, all of them. I have the incubator at 85% humidity at 101 degrees. Are these poor things on their way out or are they just taking a big nap? I have done about 4-5 hatches and never seen anything like this. Usually they wake up and walk around when I tap the incubator. Please help
     
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  2. Dubrovnik

    Dubrovnik Out Of The Brooder

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    Could they be too hot? I thought you were supposed to drop the temp during hatching.
     
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    No, the temperature stays the same during hatch.

    Have you got adequate ventilation in there, @BarrettG ?
     
  4. BarrettG

    BarrettG Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no ventilation. There is no fan inside. I never had this happen but I usually take them out after about 3 hrs. I left some in for 24 this time
     
  5. BarrettG

    BarrettG Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm trying to dip their head in water and all but they are lifeless taking little breaths :-(

    I even put them in the brooder with the Eco glow
     
  6. caesargirl

    caesargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try nutridrench, sav a chick or sugar water, Gatorade pedialyte
     
  7. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I swear by sav a chick in the water for the first couple of days.

    But you're incubator should have open vents at hatch time. I don't leave my chicks in the bator unless they hatch over night and I am sleeping, but I have my vents open and have never had an issue like that.
     
  8. BarrettG

    BarrettG Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am down to 2 chicks and I think only one will make it. I think not leaving them in long is a good idea. I definitely will never leave them in 24 hrs again. They were all jumping around this morning. I have been putting save a chick every 30 minutes. Like I said in down to 2 :-( I lost about 4 Lavenders too
     
  9. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    That's sad. I'm not a big fan of leaving chicks in the bator. Many people do and have fine results, but it's not for me. Too many variables that we can't judge. Dehydration being one of them. You just never know. Sorry to hear it.
     
  10. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Do you have holes for ventilation ??
     

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