Shrinkwrapped chicks (eggtopsy picture)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Atlantakycklingar, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. Atlantakycklingar

    Atlantakycklingar Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 29, 2011
    So out of ten that went into lockdown, I had one hatch, one quitter, and 8 perfectly formed chicks(I eggtopsied them all) that I believe were shrinkwrapped. Here's a pic


    I'm guessing that's what you guys call a shrinkwrapped chick, right? I had one of the 8 that pipped thru the inner membrane, and 7 that didn't even pip thru the inner membrane.

    So I'm dry incubating at around 20% humidity, and I put them on lockdown a day and a half late, but none had pipped the shell yet. Did they shrinkwrap because of the low humidity throughout? Or was it my late lockdown? Trying to figure out what I did wrong. My lockdown humidity was 70%.

    Poor guys, I was really sorta broken up about it, seeing them all perfectly formed, just a little membrane keeping them in... [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    edit: is the air pocket too big?
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2012
  2. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    That doesn't look shrink-wrapped to me. The inner membrane that surrounds the chick looks translucent and moist, like it should. I use dry incubation and absolutely love it. Why so many of yours didn't hatch so late, I don't know. It really sucks but it doesn't sound like you did anything wrong. What kind of incubator do you use?
  3. Atlantakycklingar

    Atlantakycklingar Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 29, 2011
    I made my own out of 2" rigid insulation around a cardboard box for support. Water heater thermostat that keeps the temp at 99.5-101.5...forced air with a big computer fan.
  4. The Chickeneer

    The Chickeneer ~A Morning's Crow~

    Ugh! [​IMG] [​IMG] dont you just HATE when that happens! You spend three weeks worrying and attending to it, doing everything right, then they dont hatch [​IMG]. Well it dosent looked shrink wraped to me.... [​IMG] it ok , you didnt do anything wrong. hope everythings good with the one that hatched [​IMG]
  5. Melissa Rose

    Melissa Rose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 14, 2011
    South Texas
    It doesn't look shrinked wrapped to me either. On my first couple of incubation attempts I followed the humidity guide and my chicks were to big to zip and hatch and I lost quite a few. Now I dry incubate and only increase the humidity right at lockdown or sometimes not till the first pip occurs. I'm sorry for your loss [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  6. crankster76

    crankster76 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 25, 2011
    20% is low. try to start at 30 t0 35. when it drys to 25 add a teaspoon or 2 to bring it back up. then lockdown at 70% on the 18th day. sorry,better luck nexttime.
  7. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

    Sep 7, 2009
    Florida - Space Coast
    Did you tear the membrane open or was it open? If the chick did that, then it internally pipped way too low in the egg. It should have turned and pipped into the fat end where the aircell was.
  8. littlecreekfarm

    littlecreekfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 1, 2011
    that's almost exactly the way my chicks looked when i cracked them open! None Had pipped, or even got into the air sac. I think it was the humidity. I hope you will have a better hatch next time.........
  9. FuzzyButtsFarm

    FuzzyButtsFarm Rest in Peace 1950-2013

    I've had a few that looked like that and believe me you did nothing wrong. Some times they are in the wrong position to hatch and that's what it looks like. [​IMG]
  10. Atlantakycklingar

    Atlantakycklingar Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 29, 2011
    Quote:I tore this particular one open...Pookie, my one survivor, is doing very well and will have a couple new buddies soon hopefully. We're unhealthily attached to him/her. I'm going to keep trying and hopefully next time I'll get a much better hatch!

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