Fully developed chick not hatching

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by dwbrinton, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. dwbrinton

    dwbrinton New Egg

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    Hi, newbie here,

    Just went through the process with 24 "guaranteed" fertile eggs from farm store. Incubator is the 40+ egg with auto turner, styrofoam, basin for water, metal screen, etc. Had temp at 99.5 the entire time, etc., etc. Basically, I think I followed appropriate directions. Candling throughout the process showed veins and embryos, active movements, etc.

    Anyway, only about 8 of the 24 actually hatched on days 21-23, most of them from the white eggs, leghorns I think. Now we are at day 27 and most of the brown eggs haven't hatched.

    So, I bust one open this morning and there is a fully formed chick inside, no movement, no apparent sign of life, no foul smell.

    What is going on?

    Thanks for any advice!
     
  2. Marion

    Marion Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found this "troubleshooting guide" online at

    http://www.msstate.edu/dept/poultry/trouble.htm#LD

    Maybe it will help answer your questions? There are so many factors involved in incubating eggs... sometimes it seems a hatch will go along perfectly and have a poor result for no reason while another hatch can be fraught with errors and produce a brooder full of fuzzy butts... I wish I knew the how and why but then sometimes "it just is".
     

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