my baby's didn't make it I having trouble getting to hatch day

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by lexieshelle, Feb 17, 2015.

  1. lexieshelle

    lexieshelle Out Of The Brooder

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    So day 23 came and went so i candled them. But there was no movement and a funny smell. so i opened them and they had passed . It looks like somewhere around day 14 to 18. I'm so depressed. I know it sound silly but I felt like they where my baby's. I'm stuck trying to figure out what I did wrong any help will be appreciated please. And thank you
     
  2. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to our flock [​IMG] It isn't silly. they were your babies! I've never used an incubator so I'm not much help. We care and someone will help. Sorry for your losses :(
     
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  3. Urban Flock

    Urban Flock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC. I don't know about incubating but hang tight someone on here will be able to help you. No it's not silly. The first time I took a chicken to the vet's I was crying and laughing. Crying because I was worried over a chicken. Laughing because I couldn't believe I was at the vet's with a chicken of all things. My vet was so nice. He told me that chickens are the number one backyard pets. That made me feel better. We all have our ups and downs raising chickens and sometimes things just happen so don't be too hard on yourself.
     
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  4. BonRae67

    BonRae67 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Let's start with what type of incubator, what was temperature and humidity days 1-18, then what was temperature and humidity when you pit them on lockdown on day 18?
     
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  5. lexieshelle

    lexieshelle Out Of The Brooder

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    Temp was 99.5-101.5 humidity was 45-55 but a few times I would notice the humidity would fall because the water evaped to quickly so I had to add more
     
  6. lexieshelle

    lexieshelle Out Of The Brooder

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    Incubator is homemade
     
  7. lexieshelle

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    [​IMG]
     
  8. BonRae67

    BonRae67 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did you put them on "lockdown" on day 18. Raising the humidity to about 65% and close them up and not open it til after hatch day?
     
  9. lexieshelle

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    I stopped turning them on day 18 I didn't up the humidity though
     
  10. BonRae67

    BonRae67 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sometimes they just dont hatch. I set 6 to hatch around the 10th. None of mine hatched. I didn't open them to see why. They just gave up. Did you candle them on day 18 to see if they were moving? They may have been quitters before day 18. We can learn from this and try again.
     

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