Dead Embryos

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by Mcubero, Oct 12, 2016.

  1. Mcubero

    Mcubero New Egg

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    Hi, I would appreciate if someone could help me solve the problem I have hatching peachicks. I have placed more than 30 eggs on a Lyon TX6 auto rotating incubator and have been able to hatch only about 6 chicks. Most of them die as a fully develop embryo. After more than 30 days in the incubator I opened the eggs to figure out what had happened and there they were, a fully developed dead peachick. What could I be doing wrong ?
    Thanks,
    Mario
     
  2. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Welcome to BYC. Can you tell us more about your incubator and what temp and humidity you used?

    -Kathy
     
  3. Mcubero

    Mcubero New Egg

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    Hi,
    Yes I used 99.5 Degrees and a humidity of about 55%. After the 26th day, temp was lowered to 98 and humidity raised to 60% I tried on two different incubators. A hovabator with automatic turner and on a Lyon TX-6 autoturn, and the results were almost as bad ( Hovabator was worst than LYon)

    Our ( Costa Rica, Central America) Breeding season starts in February, so I want to be prepared this year and hopefully have more success.
    Thanks for all help.
     
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  4. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Do both of those have fans?

    -Kathy
     
  5. Mcubero

    Mcubero New Egg

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    The Hovabator does not have a Fan but the Lyon does have a fan.

    The few chicks that hatched were week and needed help to crack open the egg shell.

    They had to be pulled out. I believe the others died because they were not stong enough to open the egg.

    Thanks,

    Mario
     
  6. Mcubero

    Mcubero New Egg

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    I placed some of the eggs of the same peahen under a regular hen and had a 70% hatching success .
     
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    I am not an expert, far from it, but I think that you're supposed to run incubators without fans at 102 degrees, not 99.5, and FWIW, I get much better hatches when I keep my humidity no higher than 45%.

    -Kathy
     
  8. Mcubero

    Mcubero New Egg

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    Kathy,
    The experience that you mention, with humidity at 45% is with peafowl eggs or chicken eggs ?
     
  9. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Peafowl and duck eggs.

    -Kathy
     
  10. ronott1

    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member Project Manager

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    The most common cause of this problem is temperature related. You need to get a very reliable and sensitive thermometer make sure the temperature is correct.

    The hovabator is a still air. here are some instructions for using a still air:

    https://extension.illinois.edu/eggs/res19-opincubator.html

    Do not trust the thermometer that comes with the incubator. Brinsea sells a spot check that is very good.
     
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