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Did I do something wrong here?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by The Monkey Mama, Oct 24, 2008.

  1. The Monkey Mama

    The Monkey Mama Songster

    Jun 12, 2008
    Kennesaw, GA
    OK - weird and disturbing hatch day today.

    I had a Silkie pip a day later than all the others and then it took a looong time getting out of its shell and it seems to have not absorbed the yolk and it is really small and looks sorta deformed. It seems to be in the process of dying slowly...

    I also had a Welsummer pip and hatch today [on its "due date" - 2 others hatched a day early yesterday and are vigorous and healthy]. This one also seems to have "something" hanging from its stomach - a reddish glob about the size of a pencil eraser - and it is energetic but the other chicks are picking on it - it is only about 6 hours old and already they picked a bloody spot on its bum. They are in a big box, not overcrowded. I put him in a clear plastic storage container inside the brooder with food and water to see if he makes it and to keep them from murdering him... but...

    Am I doing something wrong with incubation to cause this weird freaky stuff? I had 12 chicks hatch so far and 2 of them "ain't right". I have not had this happen with other hatches before... I turned the eggs at least 3 times a day and have my still air incubator set on 101.5, per the recommendation.

    Is this just normal stuff that happens sometimes with incubating chicks or am I messing them up somehow? These two chicks were from two different eBay sellers so it wasn't like they came from "Freak Farm" or anything...


  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Sounds like the temp was a little too high, regardless of what your thermometer is telling you.
  3. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    Yes sometimes that happens. did you have an extra thermometer in there? I wonder if it was higher than you thought? Glad you separated that baby. I hope it is ok! Let us know how everything turns out.
  4. DragunzGirl

    DragunzGirl Songster

    Aug 9, 2008
    Temp might of been to high for the eggs. I have at least 3 thermometer's in my incubator. good luck with the chicks.
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    I have an LG still air. I have since added a fan to it, but before that, every chick I hatch has been early. I have tried 3 or 4 different thermometers, and they all read about the same...100-101. I have since decided that, in my case at least, 100 degrees is too high. I now have mine with the fan in it set at 98, because the last hatch I did, after adding the fan, still hatched 2-3 days early.
  6. The Monkey Mama

    The Monkey Mama Songster

    Jun 12, 2008
    Kennesaw, GA
    Thanks everyone! I took the temp down a degree in the incubator for the remaining eggs, I hope all of them make it out healthy!

    I appreciate your advice!

  7. kinnip

    kinnip Songster

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    Totally off topic, but I have to ask: what makes you The Monkey Mama? My email is monkeymama because my favourite kitty is Monkey and I'm his mama. [​IMG]

  8. The Monkey Mama

    The Monkey Mama Songster

    Jun 12, 2008
    Kennesaw, GA
    LOL! I am "Monkey Mama" because I have 6 little kiddos that we have always called "the monkeys". [​IMG]

    How cool! to have a kindred spirit!

  9. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Quote:Do you have any pics of the chicks ?? Might be able to help more !!!!

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