problems hatching

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by nanakiker, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. nanakiker

    nanakiker Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello all! I am new here and really excited to learn from all of you. I am very new to hatching chickens and would love to hear your best tips! I have incubated two batches of chicks and unfortunately only been able to successfully hatch 3. Some eggs did not hatch at all. 3 hatched, then died soon after. Those three in particular had what I think to be their yolk sack still attached. While it looked like they were going to be absorbed (they shrank in size), they never did and the chicks didn't make it. Thoughts?
     
  2. Outpost JWB

    Outpost JWB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What type of incubator are you using? What temp & humidity?
     
  3. Yorkshire Coop

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    Hi :welcome Also my best tip would be take a deep breath and don't panic!! Good questions from above.
     
  4. chasiekitten12

    chasiekitten12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am new but is it hot enough and are you turning the eggs?
     
  5. nanakiker

    nanakiker Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, they were in an egg turner until last three days. Temp was 99.5
     
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    I am using a still air incubator; one has an egg turner, then the last three days I moved them to another incubator, the same kind to hatch. I have kept the temp @ 99.5 degrees, but do not know what the humidity is. How can I tell that?
     
  7. nanakiker

    nanakiker Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks; especially for the tip! I am using a still air incubator at 99.5 degrees.
     
  8. Yorkshire Coop

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    :frow Is your incubator a still air or forced air (fan). There are so many things to consider when hatching in an incubator. Are the eggs you are hatching from good quality healthy parent birds? Are the eggs clean? Is your incubator clean? Temp correct? Humidity correct? Still air and forced air incubators need to be set at different temps. How do u measure your humidity? Sorry for all the questions it just gives a clearer picture of what u have done so far as in your set up.
     
  9. Yorkshire Coop

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    Hi nanakiker just read your post I think your temp for the still air incubator has been on the low side it needs to be 101- 102f and measured at the top of the eggs. Also still air do sometimes have hot and cold spots inside the incubator. As for humidity you need a hygrometer this measures in % I got mine for my first incubator from a pet shop it was a lizard/reptile one. You need 45% day 1-18 and at least 65% for lockdown. If you go on the learning centre on the home page there is very good info on hatching. I found starting out a lot of worry but once you have done a few hatches you start to find what works best for you and your incubator.
     
  10. chasiekitten12

    chasiekitten12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also make sure when the chicks are born that they stay warm if they get cold even after they are born they WILL die
     

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