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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by cutiechick, Apr 12, 2017.

  1. cutiechick

    cutiechick Just Hatched

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    My chicks have been pipping in the middle of the egg. Only 4 made it. Is there something I can do to get a better hatch rate? Most of the chicks that died were fully formed but never pipped.
     
  2. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    What are you running humidity at for the first 17 days? Fully formed chicks dying before hatch is usually a humidity issue.
     
  3. cutiechick

    cutiechick Just Hatched

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    Between 40-50 and at lockdown 60-65
     
  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Have you ever checked the hygrometer for accuracy? I prefer lower humidity, 30-35% and monitor air cells. There are people that hatch at higher successfully, but if you are not having success at those levels, I suggested dropping a bit and monitoring air cells. High humidity can also cause larger chicks that can't turn and will be malpositioned. I use this method for humidity: http://letsraisechickens.weebly.com...anuals-understanding-and-controlling-humidity
     
  5. cutiechick

    cutiechick Just Hatched

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    I'll try 35% this next batch bs hopefully I'll have more chicks [​IMG] on what days do you check air cells? I'm going to try not to candle too much but I'm just so curious!
     
  6. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    For purpose of monitoring air cells, days 7/14/18.
    However, I personally am a candling addict, so I pretty much candle daily...lol
     
  7. cutiechick

    cutiechick Just Hatched

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    So it's not bad candling them often? Some say to handle them as little as possible
     
  8. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I'm a hands on hatcher so I don't follow the hands off methods or policies. Candling doesn't hurt them unless you drop them or are handling them with filthy dirty hands and somehow rub bacterias or oils into the pores.
     
  9. cutiechick

    cutiechick Just Hatched

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    Yeah I make sure I have clean hands. I love watching as they develop [​IMG]
     
  10. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Me too. Even after almost three years of hatching, I still get excited to see development and the stages they go through.
     

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