Death before zip

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by DuckCommander, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. DuckCommander

    DuckCommander Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why would a chick die before they start zipping? I have had 4 die this way so far this hatch. Temp is good and I've been keeping humidity around 70%. They all externally pipped
     
  2. DraigAthar

    DraigAthar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are they pipping at the correct end of the egg? If they are pipping at the wrong end of the egg, they can die before unzipping because they can't turn properly in the egg. If they pipped at the correct end of the egg, the only other thing I can think of is not enough ventilation. Do you have the vents open?
     
  3. DuckCommander

    DuckCommander Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It must be ventilation, I was taking the plugs in and out to prevent the humidity from dropping too low. I won't do that again!
     
  4. Chicken-Farmer

    Chicken-Farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If humidity is an issue increase the surface are of the water. This will increase evaporation and in turn increase humidity. I use a cotton sock that has been split down the middle. Lay one end of the sock in the water and the cotton will suck up the water like a wick. You can remove your vent plugs and still have high humidity.

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