Incubation Help!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by tcholloway47, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. tcholloway47

    tcholloway47 New Egg

    8
    0
    7
    Jan 10, 2013
    Blue Ridge, GA
    Okay, I have been trying to hatch and I am about to pull my hair out. I have incubated 7 batches of eggs, usually small batches (4-5) eggs at a time and 1 of those batches were shipped eggs. Out of these all of my chicks seem to make it to lockdown or close to it then die. I have only had three actually hatch. What am I doing wrong?
     
  2. stefan333

    stefan333 Chillin' With My Peeps

    190
    31
    93
    Nov 5, 2012
    KY
    First off, buy the book by Gail Damerow titled Hatching and Brooding Your Own Chicks. I think it's a necessity.

    Did you candle at anytime during incubation? What did you see? The reason I'm asking is to make sure they actually made it to lockdown then died.

    What was your temp and humidity during incubation?

    Did you stop turning the eggs on day 18?

    Did you have the POINTY end DOWN during incubation?

    Are the eggs coming from different sources (I know 1 batch was shipped), what about the others?

    It could be lots of things, but we need more information on how you are incubating.
     
  3. tcholloway47

    tcholloway47 New Egg

    8
    0
    7
    Jan 10, 2013
    Blue Ridge, GA
    Thanks. I will be getting that book. My temps seem to stay pretty steady around 99.5 if my thermometer is correct. I was keeping my humidity around 55 until these last ones and I decided to try the dry method keeping it between 25 & 45. I do candle and see growth and movement up until lockdown. I have rarely seen movement at lockdown but I don't know if it is because it is harder to see or they are already dead. So, my chicks are dying in the last week.
     
  4. stefan333

    stefan333 Chillin' With My Peeps

    190
    31
    93
    Nov 5, 2012
    KY
    It sounds like you've got your temp and humidity under control. Candling during the last 3 days will not show much, and it's hard to tell if they're alive cause they're so squeezed in there. They barely move. I'm kinda stumped as to why they're dying at the end, cause it could be a number of things from not keeping the pointy end down, not turning during incubation, not stopping turning the last 3 days, genetic issues, sanitation issue, etc. The best bet is to get the book, and after reading through it I'm confident you'll find the answer.
     
  5. MynikaFL

    MynikaFL Out Of The Brooder

    66
    0
    29
    Feb 20, 2013
    North Central Florida
    Aww good luck to you and your chicks, I hope you can figure it out. We are on our second batch and I hope we do everything right this time as well.
     
  6. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

    5,710
    614
    331
    Feb 12, 2013
    Eastern WA
    are the chicks that don't hatch wet? too much water if they are.
     
  7. Cinnylove

    Cinnylove Out Of The Brooder

    22
    0
    24
    Feb 24, 2013
    Reading, Pa
    do you know to put your humidity way up during lockdown?? also, wash your hands good before dealing with the eggs! good luck!!
     
  8. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

    5,710
    614
    331
    Feb 12, 2013
    Eastern WA
    I have had many chickens before. I am not locking them down before they are ready, oh by the way wash you hands before you touch your eggs.[​IMG] LOL
     
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2013
  9. red golden

    red golden Chillin' With My Peeps

    223
    5
    71
    Nov 22, 2012
    roxboro nc
    You say you candle , from top you can see the air cell. Do you mark the air cell early on and see if it gets bigger. I know with the batch of pheasants i just hatched i candled from the top and still could see some move when i put them in the hatcher.
     
  10. selkiedarre

    selkiedarre Out Of The Brooder

    11
    0
    22
    Mar 4, 2013
    Hi all, I have a just-in-case question...

    I have eggs in a small fan forced (is that the correct term?) incubator. Its just a flat mesh tray with a water tray underneath, approximately 12 egg capacity (I have just two eggs right now).
    My question is what do you do if you have a power outage/blackout? This is just a regular suburban house with mains power (no generator). We are expecting stormy weather in next couple of days, the power COULD go out.
    If I dont open the incubator could the eggs be fine for a while if the power is out?

    Thank you.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by