First-time hatcher -- why did this happen?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Sunny Side Up, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    I just finished my first ever batch of incubated eggs. I set 40 eggs, 28 have hatched. But 4 of them had "navels" that didn't close completely, and had bloody loops of intestines hanging out. (I don't know what you call that part that attaches their abdomen to the yolk) A fifth one has just a tiny bit of a loop protruding. The first 3 that had this all died after a few hours, there's still one left that I may have to help Cross the Road. Waiting to see how the 5th one does.

    What incubator conditions contribute to this problem, how can it be avoided in the future? Thank you for your input.
     
  2. cmfarm

    cmfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe this is usually caused by too high of heat or too high humidity.
     
  3. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    please read this very informative article

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/mushy-chick-disease-yolk-sack-infection-omphalitis

    you can get great help on this thread also

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...ell-detatched-shipped-eggs/6120#post_10581674

    good luck
     

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