Dying Chicks

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Lextextrapper, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. Lextextrapper

    Lextextrapper Songster

    May 5, 2009
    Lexington, TX
    What's the probable cause of a chick dying the last couple of days prior to hatching? It develops along fine all the wa up until the last 2-3 days and then dies. I hatched 27 perfectly strong and healthy chicks, but then there were about 8 or so that didn't even pip. When I opened them up the chicks were developed, but looked like they died just a couple days before hatch date. Any ideas?
  2. Redsquirrel

    Redsquirrel Songster

    Mar 24, 2009
    Burnsville, Minnesota
    I had that happen with 2 out of 7 eggs-wondering the same thing. [​IMG]
  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Had they pipped the air cell? There are a lot of things that could cause that. Temperature variations, improper humidity levels, breeder (parent) birds' health, to name a few.

    Here's a link with info on hatching problems University of Florida IFAS Extension

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