Golden and Lady Amherst failed hatch

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by Burnduro, May 18, 2011.

  1. Burnduro

    Burnduro New Egg

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    My first pheasant pipped 2 days ago. He didn't progress at all past pipping, and 24 hrs later dead. I never heard a cheep from this one. Upon breaking open the egg this birds beak, and little wing feathers had become stuck to the edge of the egg. But, the membrane was well moist.
    The 2nd pipped yesterday afternoon, and was progressing slowly last night when I went to sleep. About a hole the diameter of a dime. Also heard cheeping from this one. This morning there was no movement. The memrbane in the shell was dry and rubbery.

    I have 7 more pheasant eggs and 6 turkey eggs that haven't pipped, which I fear may have drown.

    My temps are good. But my humidity keeps jumping really high. I was at 60% all incubation, pipping jumped it to 85%, max 95%. I have added more vent holes to my incubator, homemade cooler. My water reservoir is a tall 5 oz. shot glass (same diameter as 1oz glass)! I don't have anything narrower that will hold enough water to keep from opening every few hours.

    I've read that pheasants aren't the easiest things to hatch. And this is my first time ever incubating eggs of any sort. I thought I had done my homework, these results are disheartening to say the least. I feel terrible for bringing creatures into the world and not providing the correct environment. Next time around I will be using TX7s, I hope.
     
    Last edited: May 18, 2011
  2. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    I'm sorry that your hatch failed so far and hope that at least some survive. What day were they on?

    I've only hatched pheasants once and did OK but have failed at some chicken hatches. I have a couple dozen more pheasant eggs in the bator right now and am scared of the outcome you have.

    Just remember that even in nature mama chickens/birds do not often have 100% hatch rates.
     
  3. Burnduro

    Burnduro New Egg

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    May 9, 2011
    Day 25 the first pip. Today is 27.
     
  4. Burnduro

    Burnduro New Egg

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    Day 30. I was about to give up. But a turkey egg in the incubator just popped in about 7 hours.
     

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