swollen heads again! why?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by fowlwoman1, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. fowlwoman1

    fowlwoman1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am hatching buff orpingtons. This is my second batch. they have just started hatching in the last few hours and one of them has a very swollen head. the last batch I hatched most of them had swollen heads or necks or both. I posted about it then too, but nobody had heard of that before. as far as I know(I sold them), the chicks with the problem grew up to be healthy and the swelling went down within several days after hatch. I suspected that perhaps I didn't turn the eggs enough, so this time I turned them more regularly. Could it be a genetic problem? could it be viral or bacterial? It just looks like extra liquid in the tissue. it doesn't look healthy. any explanation would be appreciated. thanks!
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    How are you sterelizing your incubator between hatches? What is your relative humidity during incubation and hatch?

    Soggy chicks can be caused by a bacteria.
     
  3. fowlwoman1

    fowlwoman1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    when my hatches are over, I clean out the bator, scrub at it with a sponge and soapy water, then spray bleach water on it and let it dry in the sun. I admit that I can't get at all the yuck and it smells like an incubator as soon as it heats up for the next hatch. I have a cabinet incubator that I incubate in, and a LG for the hatcher. humidity during incubation was around 30-45% and while in the hatcher, I don't have a gauge in there all the time but I make sure there is a little condensation on the windows, probably around 70% or higher.
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If there is a smell there is likely a bacteria growing in there.

    Condensation would indicate the humidity is well above 70%.
     
  5. lchickengirl

    lchickengirl New Egg

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    I had the same thing happen! :(
     
  6. venymae

    venymae Prairie Wind

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    That sounds terrifying
     

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