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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ChickenRookieFMVA, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. ChickenRookieFMVA

    ChickenRookieFMVA Out Of The Brooder

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    This morning my two hatchers were fluffy but one was crook- (sp) legged. his leg was bleeding and it could not walk. Farmer said he had to be put down. What causes that? Is it just a regular birth defect?

    I have one that is really strong walking around everywhere but one of his legs slide out too. I think it is strong enough to make it though. Not near what the other was.

    I had two this morning we had to hatch out. We are on day 24 and they had been pipped for way to long. We were really scared we were going to loose them. They were stuck in the shell. I am not sure why the Humidity and temperature were PERFECT?

    We took the remaing 3 out very carefully listened and candled. Fully grown but dead!!! Why! Why! Why!

    The one that we helped that was furthest along is laying on his side in the bator breathing very hard (sleeping I hope). The one that didn't make alot of progress, Is chirping away and on his feet often. When should I lose hope on the latargic one that is just laying and breathing hard?

    Gosh this has been a really rough batch had one die during unzip! One die after hatch. 3 die Fully Grown in Eggs. ONE Surviver! and 2 fighting for life right now!!!
     
  2. OHhappychicks

    OHhappychicks Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm so sorry! [​IMG] I don't have any answers for you as I'm new at this. But I know someone on here can help you. There may not be any explanation for the defects. I know we always want to know why and sometimes there aren't any answers. I will keep watching to see what help you get as I just set my first eggs yesterday and I need all the advice I can get! Hope your little ones make it! [​IMG]
     
  3. kaitlyn_rae2003

    kaitlyn_rae2003 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im so sorry! I have to say, I thought things would be perfect, and I am starting to get really nervous myself. I hope your 2 fighters survive and thrive! post pics if you can! I have one out, 23 left, no pips no rockin, no chirpin....[​IMG] im NERVOUS


    Good luck with your babies!!!!
     
  4. llaaadyel

    llaaadyel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First of all, don't beat yourself up. The reason why birds lay so many eggs is because nature knows that some wont make it. It isn't always what we do wrong as much as it is just nature and not meant to be. For the one that is spraddle legged, you can help with the bandaid method. Search on the board and you will find lots of advice. This can be helped. Make sure the chicks are not on smooth surface. For the one that is breathing heavy, keep a close eye, Hatching takes a lot out of them and they sometimes take a bit longer to recover. I would add vitamins to water or if you don't have them, sugar.

    As for the bad hatch, we have all been there. Most of the time in my experience when I have had full grown no hatch, it was my humidity. I hatch mostly duck eggs and they seem more suseptable to the humidity at lockdown. My first hatch ever, I made the mistake of opening up the incubator. Not one made it and I felt terrible. It was a stupid mistake on my part and I learned my lesson. Lockdown means hands off unless there is an emergency in there.

    Good luck with them all. I know its very stressful
     
  5. ChickenRookieFMVA

    ChickenRookieFMVA Out Of The Brooder

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    One that was breathing Hard thrived then died. It was devastating. The other is still hobbling along. Regardless of the rules I should have broke those chicks out about 8 hours sooner. especially after I watched the others struggle so much and as late as they were. Lesson Learned. It didn't seem to matter how perfect my humidity on my hydrometer was the membranes were very hard for chicks to get through. Will try to get my survivor pic posted tommorrow.
     

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