Hello from Missouri.


In the Brooder
May 17, 2017
I have joined hoping to find articles and learn all I can about hatching eggs and tips and tricks of the chicken world. So much has changed since I was a kid. In the last month I have purchased a few hatching eggs and used my neighbors sportsman 1502 to hatch. I have had many eggs not hatch but had chicks inside. Looking for answers as to why they never hatched. Looked like chick drowned. Eggs were removed from egg trays 3 days prior to hatching and placed in tray below. Wondering if it was because they were lying on their sides? or any other suggestions. Thanks
Hi and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us. I'd suggest posting your question on this forum - https://www.backyardchickens.com/forums/incubating-hatching-eggs.5/

It would be good to include the temp and humidity settings both pre and post day 18, your location (this can influence humidity), and where the incubator is located within your house (some incubators are a little more sensitive to external temp changes, draughts etc).

More generally, you'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre - https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/category/learning-center.11/ and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread#post_3239224

All the best

Thanks for all the links will get reading. The neighbor has the incubator in an old office in barn. Its rather warm in there at most times. The incubator is set at 99.5 and he has checked it with other thermometers but I haven't. He has a bucket on top with hose that goes into tray for humidity. He moves eggs to hatching tray on 18th day and increases humidity. Door is not opened til 22nd day to remove chicks.
Hello there and welcome to BYC! :frow

Hatching issues can stem from a lot if places, but usually it's improper incubator temps, humidity levels and closed vents.

Definitely stop by the links provided to help you learn. And good luck on future hatches!! :)

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