Last several bator hatches failed

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by pmsnrn, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. pmsnrn

    pmsnrn Out Of The Brooder

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    HELP!!! I have 2 of the styrofoam bators, one with an auto-turner, and one I am using as a hatcher. But my last several hatches have been less than successful. Less than 50% hatching, and of the ones that do hatch...not all survive. Used to have very successful hatching, and not doing anything differently that I can think of... Any ideas????[​IMG]:barnie
     
  2. Flawedatdesign

    Flawedatdesign Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your you checking to see what happened? Infertile eggs maybe?
     
  3. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Feed, time of year and most importantly bird conditioning is crutial to fertility.
     
  4. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    I am assuming you have had several successful hatches in these same incubators before?.. if that's the case it could be residue of whatever you used to clean them OR a bacterial issue form not being sterilized well enough
     
  5. pmsnrn

    pmsnrn Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I have been candling to check fertility, and have culled the eggs which were not developing. The eggs progress along nicely with development, then...NOTHING!!![​IMG]
     
  6. pmsnrn

    pmsnrn Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Yeah, successful hatches before. Now, it's like they get to the end of the road, and stop!
     
  7. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Yeah, successful hatches before. Now, it's like they get to the end of the road, and stop!

    Sounds like a bacterial issue then

    how do you clean your bator?.. there is a good chance something funky is surviving and killing off your chicks before they can pip
     
  8. pmsnrn

    pmsnrn Out Of The Brooder

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    I have been cleaning with a bleach solution. Any suggestions? Haven't cleaned the turner. Might be it?
     
  9. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:personally I never use bleach.. leaves too much of a residue behind.. and yeah.. when you clean an incubator everything inside it needs to be cleaned

    i go through several steps when i clean:

    1) clean out all the loose gunk
    2) wash with a mild dish detergent to get the rest of the gunk and then rinse
    3) when it LOOKS clean I wash it again with vinegar and rinse
    4) wash again with baking soda mixed with water and rinse
    5) wash a final time with hydrogen peroxide and rinse, dry and then let air dry to remove any excess dampness


    I know it sounds like a lot to go through.. but I have never had any funky residues left behind and never had a bacterial problem doing it this way
     
  10. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Hi. I use 2 thermometers and a humidistat. I try to keep the bator as close to 100 degrees as possible with the thermometer level with the top of the egg. The humidity I keep is about 25-28%, and day 18, jacked up to 65-70%. I do turn twice a day by hand. And while I do this once a day I move the outer eggs inward, and the inner eggs outward.

    Shipped eggs are usually 50% hatch, sometimes more. Sometimes it depends on the type of chicken, the health of the egglayers. If you are at a high altitude, you may get less of a hatch due to atmospheric pressure. If you bleach your bators, make sure you rinse well and open air dry for 24 hours.

    If all else fails, get a few silkies to hatch your eggs. [​IMG]
     

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