Even tho this was last hatch, Please Help

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by yotetrapper, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Songster

    May 3, 2007
    North Central MS
    I wont be hatching any more till next spring (or maybe fall) but I just can't figure this out. My past three hatches were awful, losing over half of those that went into day 18. I blamed it on the unstable temps of my still air I was using for hatching. So this last batch I hatched I kept in the forced air preset bator, and expected great things...but no... same deal.

    Of 11 in there at day 18 (all alive) 4 hatched. Today I opened the remaining eggs up. All fully formed, all dead. one of the 7 was slushy goop and didnt seem quite all the way formed. Another one of the 7 had broke into the air sac a tiny bit, then died. The remaining five, had their beaks near the air sac, but had not broke into it.

    4 or 5 of these 7 had air sacs that seemed larger than usual. Is this the cause of the deaths?? If so, I know that is caused by humidity (I think) but dont know if it is from too high or too low humidity.

    Any ideas whats going on here? Any questions I will try to answer. I feel like a genuine chicken murderer.
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Were the eggs shipped?
  3. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Sounds like humidity or poor air circulation. Eggs have to breath and if all the vent holes are closed up it will kill them.
  4. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Songster

    May 3, 2007
    North Central MS
    Yes, the eggs were shipped.
  5. kellim

    kellim Songster

    Jun 19, 2008
    SC, GA Border
    Quote:I am sorry for you loss. [​IMG]

    This sounds like 2 of my 3 eggs I just hatched. THough mine were not shipped, they were saved from an opossum, so they could have had something happen when that happened, but I am curious to read the answers you get about this. Though they hadn't even moved their beak from under their wing to pip before they died. I will be interested to see what people think could have went wrong with your hatch so maybe it will help me find out what happened with mine too.

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