some bad luck

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by choopes, Apr 19, 2017.

  1. choopes

    choopes Out Of The Brooder

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    I raised a crop from chicks I bought from Ideal. I wound up with 3 hens. CooCoo Moran, and 3 roos all white Brahma. The hens are laying good so I tried to incubate and hatch some. Out of 20 eggs, only 5 hatched. Out of the 5, 2 have club feet. What am I doing wrong?
     
  2. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    Well we need more information, like what incubator you're using , the temps you are using, hand turning v autoturner, humidity, etc.
     
  3. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    BTW it sounds like you need to get rid of at least two roosters if all you have is three hens.
     
  4. choopes

    choopes Out Of The Brooder

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    I will let you know who makes the incubator when I get home and look. Its white styrofoam like a ice chest. Hand turned 3 times a day. A mercury thermometer marked at the correct temp. I'll check when I get home to let you know what that temp is. I have installed a small fan in it to circulate the air. The tray for water was kept with water, but no real way to monitor. Maybe because the parents are young. Maybe not to many fertilized eggs. Is there a known cause of clubbed feet?
    I killed off 2 roos. 2 left. I am waiting to see who is less aggressive. The one attacks my lower leg if i don't watch him, but it's hard to tell the 2 apart!
     
  5. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    Next time you are out there carry a can of spray paint (livestock or regular) and when he attacks do a quick spurt on his back so you know which it is. It won't hurt him.

    Did you make the incubator? Also, did you open up the ones that didn't hatch?
     
  6. choopes

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    Mine is made by Miller. I think its a little giant still air, only I added a computer fan, to help move the air. I ran at 99.5-100. as close as i could. There was one time i asked my daughter to turn for me, and water had run dry by the next turning. i have used this same set up to hatch with in the past. But it's been a couple of years. I hatched 50 chicks with this once! I put a mark on the thermometer and try to maintain that same temp.
    Does anyone know what causes a club foot? Is there a fix?

    Thanks
     
  7. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    Were they actually clubbed or just curled toes?
     

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