1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

incomplete egg hatching

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by fishingmate, Apr 16, 2016.

  1. fishingmate

    fishingmate New Egg

    5
    0
    7
    Apr 16, 2016
    hi, i'm new to this forum, although i've been reading backyard chickens for several years. i'm hoping someone can help me with my egg hatching problem. i have a wonderful broody hen who has raised several clutches of chicks for me. usually i just buy day old chicks and put them under her in the middle of the night and she is a happy mama the next morning. this time i chose to let her incubate some of our eggs. 3 chicks hatched just fine on day 21. 3 more got part way out of the shells and then died. i did a bit of searching online and found that low humidity was the probable culprit. i have been using mini flakes for bedding and i'm wondering if the drying ability of the chips could be the problem. any ideas or suggestions? thanks so much.
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    77,278
    5,511
    686
    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I'm sorry for your hatching disappointment but, broody hens and bedding aren't the cause of their death. Incubator deaths can be the result of too little humidity - chickens get shrink wrapped and stuck in the shell. Or too much humidity in a incubator can cause drowned chicks. Some folks will open left over eggs and do a "chick-topsy," to figure out why they died etc. Sometimes hatched chicks are too big for the egg and can't maneuver a way out. Others may been positioned badly or had some genetic problem that causes their demise.
     
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

    84,499
    3,755
    628
    Jun 15, 2012
    Washington
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  4. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

    23,006
    3,200
    456
    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
    CT
     
  5. fishingmate

    fishingmate New Egg

    5
    0
    7
    Apr 16, 2016
    thanks so much for your information. it makes me feel much better that i didn't do something to the eggs/chicks. thanks again.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by