hatching problems

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bettyboopgirlie, Apr 3, 2008.

  1. bettyboopgirlie

    bettyboopgirlie New Egg

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    Hello I have posted here before and got great advice on when to help a chick hatch. I saved one rhode Island red chick by following her steps, sadly the chick was very wobbly on his feet and never learned to eat correctly and couldn't drink without sucking water into the holes on his beak. Sadly 5 days later he passed away. I had a bantam egg hatching for over 30 hours it had piped the shell and not zipped and I had to intervene once again this time the chick appeared to have one leg fatter than the other and it died within 4 hours of the hatch.
    I have a 2nd Rhode Island Red egg hatching with only a pea size pip and It has made no progress for 19 hours! Should I help?????????
    Does anyone know why my chicks are having such a hard time????
    I am using a still air incubator and I had them in a turner untill 3 days before hatch.I am about to give up!Temp was set at 99.5 and 40% humidity.
    Please reply asap
    Thank you
     
  2. turnerstar31

    turnerstar31 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First off if you are using a still air and your temp should be higher more around 102. Also your humidity is to low. It should be more around 60 or even a little higher.
     
  3. Wooden_Pony

    Wooden_Pony Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am using a still air incubator and I had them in a turner untill 3 days before hatch.I am about to give up!Temp was set at 99.5 and 40% humidity.

    Oh! One problem is your temps for your still air.

    It should have been 101-102 max at the top of the eggs. 99.5 is for forced air incubators. The temp was not warm enough in your still air so that is the cause of deformation on your chicks.

    Did you raise the humdity for day 18? Or did you run it at 40% the whole time?​
     
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Your humidity is too low...should be 60 to 70% for the last 3 days of hatching....I don't help chicks out of a pip....I've never had too....it can take 24 hours for them to pip and zip out...if they don't I've always been told they are weak chicks that would probably die anyway or have something wrong with them...hope I help and maybe some else can chime in........
     
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Still air incubators should have temps of 101 - 102 at the tops of the eggs. Day 1 - 18 the humidity should be 30 - 50%. Day 18 stop turning. Keeps temps at 101- 102. Boost humidty to 70%. Eggs should hatch around day 21. They can go longer if the temps have been low.
     
  6. bettyboopgirlie

    bettyboopgirlie New Egg

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    Thanks for all the information I was informed to keep the temp at 99.5 now I know this is not the case, as far as the humidity goes I refill the water wells as they get low. I am really sad that I didn't do the right thing for these chicks:( . Do you think if I turn up the temp before the rest hatch they might still have a chance?
    Thanks
     
  7. Wooden_Pony

    Wooden_Pony Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Oh I am sorry you got the wrong info on your temps for your incubator!!!

    What day are you on? If you are beyond the developement stages of incubation then upping the temps are not going to improve the chicks with physical issuse.
    What is your humdity reading? It also sounds like you might need to up that as well.
     
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2008

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