sprayed/spalded leg problems at hatch

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by kingbee, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. kingbee

    kingbee In the Brooder

    Sep 20, 2008
    Wetumpka, Alabama
    I have 300 quail eggs incubating,100 set over a 3 week period. The first 100 was taken out of turner on day 14, the eggs started hatching on day 15,20 hatched by day 16 but 6-10 have bad legs and can not stand. I held the eggs 6 days indoors at or near 70 degs before setting them.
    My incubator is a sportsman 1502 . Readings for temp is a constant 100, humidity was between 50 and 55 until day 14 when I added the wick pad which raised it up to 65%.

    Eggs were not candled but my breeders are in breeding pens with 1 to 4 ratio so I figured most are fertile.

    Has anyone run into this problem before?
    What is the fix?
  2. Chook-A-Holic

    Chook-A-Holic Songster

    Oct 5, 2009
    Central, N.C.
    What kind of surface do you have them on? Slick surfaces are bad for newly hatched birds.
  3. kingbee

    kingbee In the Brooder

    Sep 20, 2008
    Wetumpka, Alabama
    news paper but looking for something better.
  4. ginbart

    ginbart Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    The dollar store sells shelf liner, it comes in a roll with different colors. I always use pink. It has little holes in it and it feels like a rubber. Thats really good or you could try paper towels if you can‘t get it tonight. That may have a little better texture then newspaper.
  5. dancingbear

    dancingbear Songster

    Aug 2, 2008
    South Central KY
    Are you talking about splayed or spraddle legged hatchlings? I second the suggestion for the non-slip shelf liner. It's great, they get very good footing on that, and are running around in no time.

    You might want to put some poultry vitamins in the drinking water, as well. I use the powdered vitamins available at most feed stores, and mix it 1/8 tsp per quart. That's what I think is the correct dilution, the instructions are only for huge amounts at once, such as you'd use in a big commercial operation. The vitamin powder absorbs moisture very easily, I dump it out of the envelope into a glass jar with a tight lid when I open it. Even then, it cakes up rather quickly. If you have a few of those silica filled desiccant packs (like they put in bottles of vitamins/medications) to toss into the jar, it might help.

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