Help!! should hatched chicks still be as wet as when they hatched last

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by dipence71, May 12, 2010.

  1. dipence71

    dipence71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had 2 chicks hatch last night between 10 -10:30pm and at 7am they are still as wet as last night. Is this normal? or is my humidity too high? It reads between 70-80 got as high as 87 when they were hatching.
    only 3 out of 18 (19 one was clear at 10 days) hatched so far and one doesn't look too good but could have hatched right before I checked at 7 so will give the little one some time. Also there is green stuff on the bottom of the incubator. Poop???
    Saw the first two hatch out and looked good, third one hatched while I was sleeping.
    I am just worried they are still as wet as last night and no more pips or anything from the other 15...
    It is day 23/24
     
  2. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    May have been too high humidity. I would let them dry before removing if you can.
     
  3. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah your hatching humidity was too high. Leave the little fellers in there, let them dry, they should be dry by tonight. Maybe by then someone else will hatch for you?
     
  4. dipence71

    dipence71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok I will leave well enough alone for now. I will try to get the humidity to go down but wont open bator. Thanks so much..
     
  5. msdoolittle

    msdoolittle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, your humidity got high! Mine only got to about 43, even as chicks hatched :0D I'm sure once you vent your bator more, they will dry soon. Anyway, I am about to post about 'sticky chicks', so stay tuned since you and I both were late hatchers!
     
  6. dipence71

    dipence71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well gut feeling took over and I intervened and I am grateful I did, out of the 18 in the bater only 3 hatched and 3 developed but were dead in the shell. they died relatively soon as they were fully developed but not absorbed yolks and one had its intestines on the outside. One had blood all around it. So all in all 12 never developed at all so I am guessing they were not even fertile.
    So I am glad I went with my gut so I can now get the wet sticky chicks dry and in the brooder. I am sad about the others but at least I have 3 chicks.
     
  7. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    Congrats on your three babies! I too have had some poor hatch rates but I had to give up the bator for awhile! DH said so! We have 36 chickens , three ducks and two Turkeys!
     
  8. msdoolittle

    msdoolittle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    THat's exactly what I'm telling myself, too....at least I have some that survived in spite of the fact that I made mistakes :0)
     

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