Newbie hatcher

Andie1141

Hatching
May 5, 2015
2
0
7
Hampshire
Would love some advise please. I have 4 bantam hens and one columbian Pekin cock. I set 8 eggs collected over 3 days and popped them in my incubator. All 8 germinated but 5 died within 10 days (the blood ring of death) and others were promising. I candled again at 18 days (just before lockdown) and only 3 were alive. I'm now on day 24 and only one is still alive & showing no signs of hatching. The incubator is at 38c and humidity at 65%. Please help, what have I done wrong?

This is my incubator http://www.mypetchicken.com/catalog/Incubators-and-accessories/Octagon-10-Incubator-p435.aspx

Thank you
 

drumstick diva

Still crazy after all these years.
Premium Feather Member
11 Years
Aug 26, 2009
137,493
258,986
2,027
Out to pasture
I have never hatched chicks, and sorry to say don't know Celsius temps to comment on that. I'm sure someone will come along who could advise you. I know from following the many "hatch-a-longs "on BYC that even many very experienced folks have periods of horrible hatches, especially from shipping, expensive eggs. It happens to everyone.
 

Yorkshire Coop

Moderator
BYC Staff
Premium Feather Member
6 Years
Aug 16, 2014
22,819
24,948
1,197
UK
My Coop
My Coop
Hi :welcome

Glad you could join the flock! There are so many factors that can play a role in your eggs not hatching. Here are a few things to consider >
Parent birds health and age
Quality of eggs
How eggs were stored prior to incubation
Humidity during day 1-18 Did the air sacs grow correctly?
Turning of the eggs during incubation
Temp during incubation and was the temp correct. Do you have a trusted thermometer? I've just looked at your incubator and although it says a Brinsea I can't say I've seen or heard of that type from Brinsea and its seems very cheap in price for a Brinsea. If I were you I would certainly take a look at the official Brinsea website for your incubator. It may just be they are not available over here in the UK where I am. If not I would reccomend you double check the temp is right in yours.

Here is an excellent article on incubation failures and possible causes >
https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/egg-failure-to-hatch-diagnosing-incubation-problems

Good luck with your future hatches.
 

New posts New threads Active threads

Top Bottom