Shaken chickie syndrome

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Damummis, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. Damummis

    Damummis Chickenista

    Apr 29, 2009
    In my laundry room I had 3 hens, all sitting on eggs. One had 12 eggs which 7 hatched, one had 15 eggs which 8 hatched, and one had 7 turkey eggs which 1 hatched. Now out of the ones that did not hatch they each had a couple that were fully developed but either died hatching or never hatched. My DH is convinced that if I did not do laundry in the new washing machine that spins so fast that it shakes the house I would have more chicks.

    Any ideas????
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  3. Damummis

    Damummis Chickenista

    Apr 29, 2009
    That I would like to see. [​IMG]
    Thanks for the link.
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  4. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

    Apr 1, 2007
    N. Carolina
    I've had 2 broody hens fight, roll eggs for the whole 21 days and all hatched...don't think that's the problem. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  5. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    There could possibly be something to what he says, but I would think it would affect the eggs in the earlier stages not the later ones.

    How hot is it getting in your laundry room during the day? Just now here in Florida it's hit 100 these last two days. Coupled with a hen sitting on the eggs I can see it getting too hot for them.
  6. Damummis

    Damummis Chickenista

    Apr 29, 2009
    The laundry room has been hotter than the rest of the house. I never thought of that.
  7. suzettex5

    suzettex5 Songster

    May 26, 2009
    Yup, I was thinking the same thing- Heat and Humidity. I do wonder about the shaking, but hens do move eggs around (alot sometimes) but I would wonder about ambient temps,coupled with hens body heat amd humidity, then adding in the humidity and heat thrown off by the washer and dryer.

    Hmmmm, maybe put a hygrometer in the room during your wash and dry cycles, near the hens, and see what readings you get.

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