how close to hatch? - pic of dead chick

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Akane, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 15, 2008
    I've got serama eggs in the bator. Yesterday was day 17. I candled and then set them in the hatcher. This one was dead so I broke it open. I would guess it had just died within the past 10-12hrs. How close do you think it was to pipping? All the yolk is still there but it's fully formed.



    I'm trying to get an idea how close they are to hatching since everyone says seramas go early but the eggs really didn't look that full. Either there's some darn tiny chicks in a couple of them or they aren't going to hatch earlier than usual.
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2009
  2. Farm Frenzy

    Farm Frenzy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2008
    Oak Hill, Florida
    In my opinion, it looks like it quit on day 12 or 13. [​IMG]
  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
  4. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    I agree that chick had a ways to go. So sorry. Can I ask, why you were moving them out of the bator to the hatcher four days early? I have never heard of moving them that why I'm asking. [​IMG]
  5. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 15, 2008
    There was still blood in vessels around the membrane. It hadn't drained out so it doesn't seem like it could be dead for days. It looked like it could have still been alive when I broke it open and for a moment I got worried I made a mistake but there was no movement so I slit the membrane and dumped it out. I also am 99% sure it was alive thursday or friday (I think friday) cause I couldn't make myself wait till sunday to candle. There was movement and good veins in all the eggs from that particular batch at that time. It made at least day 14 then. This is only the 2nd one I've lost from that seller with all 8 shipped eggs starting to develop and 6 still alive as of yesterday night.

    You generally move chicken eggs on day 18. That's when you stop turning and raise humidity so they should either be out of the incubator into a hatcher or your turner should be off and the humidity raised in the bator they are in. Serama eggs are known to hatch on day 19 quite frequently so generally you stop turning on day 16-17 instead.
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  6. Feathers Acres

    Feathers Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2008
    Quote:I think because there serema's are much smaller than regular chickens, it takes a couple day's less, I think?
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  7. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2008
    East Bethel MN
    Twice i have hatched serama eggs under broody hens and never did they hatch on day 18 or 19 like i thought they would. It ended up taking just as long as any other chicken egg
  8. Laskaland

    Laskaland ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn

    Aug 2, 2008
    Quote:That's exactly what I wuz gonna say!!!
    Did you have wonky temps?
  9. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    what did your temps run?
  10. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 15, 2008
    102-102.5F for those eggs in the center of a still air and even if that thermometer were off I've hatched several dozen japanese bantams and a dozen standards going off the same thermometer at the same temp with every hatch starting within 12hrs of the time I set them on day 21. I used it because it's the thermometer I know best. There's also a backup thermometer which I know reads low and tends to say 98.8 when all my others are saying 101-102 but it read the same temp (99-99.2) the whole hatch so the other one didn't lose accuracy part way through.
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2009

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