Deformed chicks

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by hunsbergerchick, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. hunsbergerchick

    hunsbergerchick Out Of The Brooder

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    I've been hatching chicks and recently started having some born deformed (club feet were they're turned in and leg joints that are formed backwards. Any ideas what could be causing this?
     
  2. Tongiechick

    Tongiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i dont know but i am so sorry that must be hard. do they live long???[​IMG]
     
  3. Tongiechick

    Tongiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that is so sad i am so sorry
     
  4. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

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    Symptoms Probable Cause Corrective Measures

    Crippled and malformed chicks Improper incubation temperatures (usually too high) Follow recommended incubation temperatures.
    Low incubation humidity Increase incubation humidity by increasing water evaporation. Embryos dried too much.
    Improper egg setting position or turning during incubation Set eggs with small ends down. Turn eggs at least 3 times daily. Do not turn eggs within 3 days of hatching.
    Heredity Proper culling and breeding practices will reduce problems.
    Slick hatching trays Use trays with wire floors or place crinoline on hatching surface.

    Improper nutrition of breeders




    Provide a well-balanced nutritional diet to breeders.

     
  5. Henpencker

    Henpencker Out Of The Brooder

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    We hatched one that is deformed the joints of his legs are backwards ....Do we put it out of its misery or what? Help
     
  6. ellend

    ellend Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Incubation problems most likely caused the deformities. I sent you a private mail on how to dispatch a chick VERY fast and humane. If you didn't get it, please let me know ([email protected]) since I am WOEFULLY computer inept!
     
  7. RedneckRebel

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    I just recently had this problem, I lost 36 chicks due to malformations
     
  8. hunsbergerchick

    hunsbergerchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Sally sunshine your info is wonderful thank you so much that chart answered a lot of questions for me. I've corrected the humidity in my incubator my next batch is due to hatch soon so I'll let you all know how it goes. The weather is also balancing out here so that will help alot I lost three chicks during this last cold spell so I have alot of alterations that need to be done for the next winter. Thank you again your info has been priceless.
     
  9. White Silkie

    White Silkie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aww poor chicks... what happened to the chick on the right? is it's beak upside down? is it just a head? WHAT?! i got confused [​IMG]
     

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