Hatch failure second time

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Mabs, Sep 16, 2012.

  1. Mabs

    Mabs Out Of The Brooder

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    I ve had a second hatch failure im really dissapointed. My first hatch did well 11 out of 19. The second hatch all failed they seemed to be fully formed but faild to hatch this third hatch is on day 21 no movement or pipping. I dont understand why as i did everything the same as first time. The temp was a constant 37 and increased humidity on last three days. :(:( any feedback would be appreciated.
     
  2. thebanthams

    thebanthams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We all go through this, you just have to learn what happens, take notes and make sure you have right temps and humidity! last time I try and third time was a charmed ! My second hatch was like that fully formed but died. I thought the humidity was too high . But really dont know what I did wrong! ?
     
  3. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    What works for me is 99.5F circulated fan and 30-40% humidity day 1-18 and 60% day 18 until they pip. The humidity spikes to 70% once pipped. Day 18-21 do not open the lid to the incubator, this will dry the membrane and shrink wrap the chicks.:(. If I need to add water, I use a straw and pour through the vent holes.

    I do have an egg turner and I do use the thermometer that sets on top of the eggs. I check my incubator 3-10 times a day.

    Shipped eggs are much, much, much harder to hatch. So many things go wrong with shipped eggs, but I've had success with those who package with care. Also, infertile eggs will not hatch. The eggs need to be set in the incubator within 10 days of being laid.

    Don't give up. I use 2 thermometers and and extra hydrometer.

    Good luck!
     
  4. Mabs

    Mabs Out Of The Brooder

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    Thankyou for your feedback i have a brinsea auto so i dont need to worry about turning and the eggs are fresh from my own hens. I am quite vigilant about temp and humidy and i never open lid after lockdown thats why i was more dissapointed after the excitement of the first hatch i just expected things to go smoothly again :(
     
  5. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    I almost bought a brinsea. They were on the spendy side for the 20 egger. I use a cheap Farmers innovators 4200 with a fan and egg turner. It's worked very well and is easy to clean.

    Maybe something happened to the eggs before you set them in the incubator. Are you using the wet bulb thermometer that is suppose to be set on top of the eggs? This is the most accurate way of knowing the correct temperature. I do know the temperature gauge on the lid of my incubator is inaccurate. I also added a hydrometer to the side of the lid for an accurate reading of the humidity. I pay a lot of money for my eggs and I need the best results. I also keep notes handy of what works best for me.

    Good luck! I hope your next hatch is successful! Don't give up!

    I just bought a dozen hatching eggs and I had 5 blood rings in the first 3 days and 4 infertile. The carton that the eggs were sent in was filthy. I am no happy at all!
     
  6. Mabs

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    Finally gave up and checked the eggs today it turns out none were fertile so i feel i bit better knowing it wasnt totally my fault there were only eight eggs. The thermometer that came with the bator wasnt acurate so. Bought a similar one from a pet store and a digital one which also checks the humidity level this i had to attach to the bator itself instead of the lid so i relied mostly on the mercury one which is attached to the lid. Will hopefully try again soon thankyou for all your support. :/
     
  7. Brookhavens

    Brookhavens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Make sure you calibrate the thermometer and hygrometer before you use them. I bought a bulb fish tank thermometer and it was off by 4 degrees. Ended up going on ebay and buying a couple of scientific thermometers and all of them were spot on when I calibrated. I also bought 2 hygrometers (from a cigar shop) that allow me to set the correct humidity if they are off.
     

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