problems with banty hatch rate

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by britsngrits, May 3, 2011.

  1. britsngrits

    britsngrits Out Of The Brooder

    62
    1
    29
    Mar 18, 2011
    WV
    I have not had much luck with the banty eggs hatching. I have had two chicks completely form then die prior to hatching. I have only had 3 banty chicks out of about 16 eggs actually make it. I don't know why because the standard eggs have about a 98% hatch rate. The last one that didn't make it, I could hear it chirping in the egg and it never hatched... it just got more and more quiet. I now have another one that I can hear chirping but there are NO cracks in the egg yet. I really want to let nature take it's course but I know I will get no sleep tonight worrying about this chick. Suggestions? I do NOT want to let another one die slowly in the egg. [​IMG]
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    What is your humidity?
     
  3. britsngrits

    britsngrits Out Of The Brooder

    62
    1
    29
    Mar 18, 2011
    WV
    I've no clue. This one was sitting under a hen. I had to start tapping the shell every day to see who is ready to hatch then move them into the incubator as I had a problem with some bad hens killing the chicks and no way to keep them away from the 2 broody hens. So..... as soon as I hear them chirp in the shell I transfer them into the incubator. The trays are full of water.... It's a little giant still air. I'm not sure how much that has to do with it if the standard size chicks hatch like crazy... just seems to be a problem with the banties not making it out of the egg.
     
  4. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:You need a hygrometer especially with the LG as they are the red headed step children of the bator world. Also, the bator needs to be in a room that has consistent temps and does not have doors opening and closing all the time.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by