How Hard Can It Be

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CaptGus, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. CaptGus

    CaptGus Out Of The Brooder

    May 17, 2012
    Southwest Virginia
    3rd attempt at hatching.....4 chicks from 54 eggs. Followed all instructions. Tried the dry hatch method this time. I just dont understand.
  2. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 30, 2012
    River Valley, AR
    Sorry you had a bad hatch. there are so many factors that go into hatching. No telling what went wrong. sometimes the eggs aren't fertile, sometimes they had a rough shipment, sometimes they just quit developing. humidity, temperature, stars not in alignment, who knows. i know it is disappointing. Wish i had a miracle cure for you but I don't. Just a virtual hug[​IMG].
  3. BlazeJester

    BlazeJester Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2011
    Midway, GA
    I'm having a super difficult first hatch, so I feel ya. Of 32 I lost all but 10 to blood spot by day 7 and am down to one lone survivor at day 14. I left the rest in after I broke open a half-developed chick and I'm praying and praying I'm wrong and some others make it, but they're so empty for being this far along... If this guy makes it I'm calling it "miracle" and keeping it as a pet no matter what. Good thing I ordered a batch of chicks to arrive just after, though now I'm wondering that I should have had them arrive earlier... I hope he survives being the only hatchling. If he even gets that far.

    I had no idea this would be so heartbreaking. I hear about bad hatches, but 1 in 30 from a neighbor? I didn't even realize a hatch THAT bad was possible... I collected them as they were laid and transported them myself... I have done everything right. Dry hatch methods (20-45% humidity), egg turner to keep my forgetful self out of it, still-air is at 102F every single day... I have done EVERYTHING right and they still all died.

    I'm sorry it's happened to you too. My heart goes out to your effort and your chickies. I'm glad for you that you had any hatch at all - it's just not looking like my stars are aligned for incubating, at all!
  4. BlazeJester

    BlazeJester Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2011
    Midway, GA
    Did you have blood spot? Maybe make sure to sanitize your incubator. I sanitized with oxine but if they all died of bacterial contamination I did something wrong. I've heard to use bleach and then vinegar and dry in the sun for foam incubators. I'll try this before another attempt.
  5. red golden

    red golden Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 22, 2012
    roxboro nc
    Tell us what type incubator your using. Type of heat source, fan or no fan. What type eggs. Shipped or not. Are you keeping up with how many days . Are you candling. Are you using a turner or turning by hand. What type thermometer /hydrometer are you using. What temps/humidity are you running.
  6. kentuckygirl1

    kentuckygirl1 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 17, 2013
    Irvine, Kentucky
    102? I have always kept my temp at 100. I would freak out if mine was at 102 for more than couple hours ...just saying, have you hatched at 102 before? if so that would b good info for me so I wont flip out when it jumps to 102.I am very sorry ..hopefully more will hatch.
  7. tec27

    tec27 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2011
    102 isnt ideal but it's fine. Ive hatched chicks that were at 114 for a couple hours. incubating at 102 will probably make the chicks hatch a day early.
  8. Cinnylove

    Cinnylove Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 24, 2013
    Reading, Pa
    where's your eggs coming from? do you have a digital thermometer? i would def check into your thermometer (after my first hatch went bad i put a mercury thermometer beside my digital and it was 6 degrees off!!!!!!!): ...and they say to soap and water your hands before ANY handling...wish you luck!! keep researching it and try again :)
  9. lcammack

    lcammack Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2011
    If I remember right 102 is perfect for a still air incubator. Fan model incubators should be 100 degrees.
  10. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 12, 2013
    Eastern WA
    yup I had still air and was going for 99.5-100 temp, it is 18 hrs. into day 21 and they are peeping but it is def. delayed hatch because of temp. I will be patient though. peeping means they still have another day.[​IMG]

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