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Problems hatching Silkies

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by cowboylogic, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. cowboylogic

    cowboylogic Hatching

    Feb 18, 2012
    We were trying to hatch our first batch of Silkies in a still air incubator and it has failed. We constantly maintained the temp, removed them from the turner at day 18 and kept the humidity high from then on. At day 21 we candled and noticed they were still alive so we placed them back in the incubator. Today was day 24 so I went ahead and pipped a couple and noticed the membrane was shrink wrapped around the fully developed chick and the chicks were no linger moving. I was down to the last 2 of 15 and they were both alive but their beaks were at the opposite end of the air cell and they were also develped. I started trying to help them by peeling back the shell hald way. They both appeared to be trying to push their way out so I left them to try and come out on their own but both have since died. Should I have pulled them out immediately or was there any other solutions to this? I dont see how it would have been possible for them to pip themselves out. They were so crammed inside. I'm so upset about it!!!!

  2. ssellis

    ssellis In the Brooder

    Jun 11, 2011
    South Carolina
    Iam on my 3rd incubation trying to hatch silkies first 2 were disastrous,maybe 3rd time is the charm.
  3. spatulagirl

    spatulagirl Songster

    Apr 12, 2010
    Harpers Ferry, WV
    I am trying to hatch out Silkies right now. I have one that has been working on getting out for 24 hours. It looks like the membrane is sticking so I just loosened it up to help it. I guess the humidity needs to be higher. I just added some more water in there quickly.
  4. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Songster

    Jul 24, 2010
    You are not suppose to open the incubator after lock down. I think you kill them when open the incubator at 21 days, which cause shrink wrapped.

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