Only 1 chick hatched three incubations in a row

ChickenCanoe

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Nov 23, 2010
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What do you recommend for breeder feed?

My flock eats the all flock by nutrena. It seems to be working well since every chick I've hatched from my flock has been in excellent health.
I have only had access to one breeder feed in the past. Currently, I adjust nutrient intake by supplementing store feed with some essential amino acids and enhanced vitamins.
Some breeders are left to formulate their own feeds like I am.
Until you ask the manufacturer what the complete calculated nutrient profile of the feed you want to buy is, which a phone call will provide, you likely won't know what the essential amino acid, vitamin and mineral levels are.

Even the mixes of feeds I've seen breeders of show fowl use aren't creating a good nutrient profile.

Fertrell will help formulate something for your purposes.
I choose to get the best feed I can find going into breeding season, add some fishmeal and kelp and then add Nutri-Drench to the water at least 3 times a week.

I believe Blue Seal makes a breeder feed but I haven't researched the nutrient profile since I can't buy it here.
From the info on their website, the amino acids seem to be a tad low as does the vitamin E. The vitamin A is good.
 
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Florida Bullfrog

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I'm honestly thinking it's the incubator itself. Everything you've described seems like you were doing everything perfectly. I'm hoping adding ventilation works.

Did you set the eggs yet?
I have not set the eggs yet. I will do so this evening. I am also curious to check the humidity. This morning I filled 1 of the trays full of water (the incubator has 3 small trays in the middle). With the previous ventilation of the 4 small holes, 1 tray would last most of the week and would keep the humidity around 50%. If humidity is holding when I get home, I will set the eggs. I suspect the tray will be visibly reduced. I’ll probably have to replenish the tray more often than before I drilled in expanded ventilation holes.

As I already have 10 eggs set aside from this week off of my Cracker games (my RJF or American game bantam type), I’ll try them and see what happens.

My chickens get most of their nutrition from free ranging. My farm is large and is in the middle of the woods. The land is rich in wild browse and insects. Their diet should be quiet varied. The laying crumbles are just a supplement I give them. I would suspect them eating something poisonous before I’d suspect them having a deficiency. The flora and fauna is too diverse on the farm to narrow down a list of suspected sources for toxic foods. If they’re eating something that’s killing the embryos, the chances of finding it will be remote. And I have too many different breeds for it to likely be a genetic issue. The two Cracker game roosters that breed all of my free range flock are brothers but the OEGB rooster is unrelated to them and there is no cross breeding between the OEGB flock and the free range game/leghorn/wyandotte flock. Which as I type that out, I realize that should suggest against it being something they’re eating from the wild. The OEGBs don’t free range. The OEGBs are the only flock that eat exclusively laying crumble except for treats I give them. So if there’s a problem with their nutrition, the only common denominator across the flocks is the laying crumbles. My crumbles are packaged by the local feed store.
 

ChickenCanoe

Crossing the Road
9 Years
Nov 23, 2010
29,075
18,438
867
St. Louis, MO
I have not set the eggs yet. I will do so this evening. I am also curious to check the humidity. This morning I filled 1 of the trays full of water (the incubator has 3 small trays in the middle). With the previous ventilation of the 4 small holes, 1 tray would last most of the week and would keep the humidity around 50%. If humidity is holding when I get home, I will set the eggs. I suspect the tray will be visibly reduced. I’ll probably have to replenish the tray more often than before I drilled in expanded ventilation holes.

As I already have 10 eggs set aside from this week off of my Cracker games (my RJF or American game bantam type), I’ll try them and see what happens.

My chickens get most of their nutrition from free ranging. My farm is large and is in the middle of the woods. The land is rich in wild browse and insects. Their diet should be quiet varied. The laying crumbles are just a supplement I give them. I would suspect them eating something poisonous before I’d suspect them having a deficiency. The flora and fauna is too diverse on the farm to narrow down a list of suspected sources for toxic foods. If they’re eating something that’s killing the embryos, the chances of finding it will be remote. And I have too many different breeds for it to likely be a genetic issue. The two Cracker game roosters that breed all of my free range flock are brothers but the OEGB rooster is unrelated to them and there is no cross breeding between the OEGB flock and the free range game/leghorn/wyandotte flock. Which as I type that out, I realize that should suggest against it being something they’re eating from the wild. The OEGBs don’t free range. The OEGBs are the only flock that eat exclusively laying crumble except for treats I give them. So if there’s a problem with their nutrition, the only common denominator across the flocks is the laying crumbles. My crumbles are packaged by the local feed store.
That was just my 2 cents worth. Take it with a grain of salt. Let us know when you figure out what the problem has been.
 

Florida Bullfrog

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May 14, 2019
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I take myself with a grain of salt too. If I knew the answer I wouldn’t have had 3 failed hatches in a row. If ventilation isn’t the answer, I’ll have to try what other variables I can every 21 days.

So when I came home the first water tray was partially full but humidity was only 28%. Room humidity is 30%. Temperature was spot on at 99.5F and 37.5C on the incubator’s controls. I forgot to say I recalibrated the incubator’s thermostat last night, the incubator is running about .5C hotter with the increased circulation, which I find fascinating but I have no explanation for. I am noticing it is maintaining a stable temperature down to the tenth much easier.

All three trays filled to the top has bumped the humidity up to 50% and it hovers between 48% and 50%. I’m going to let it run a while that way before I load it with eggs. At the least I‘m clearly going to have to plug a couple of the big vent holes during lockdown.
 

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