Talk about a Scary moment....

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Lacrystol, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. Lacrystol

    Lacrystol Hatching Helper

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    Well I have 23 chicks that are due today, 16 of them are out, 6 are peeping and have cracks, one is the loose air cell, Nothing was happening, I candled him nothing, I cracked him opened and apparently he quit on me, His beak was very short, he had a fully developed head but didn't make it.

    So that makes my count down to 22. It's surprising that I have that many, I put water in there bowl last night, a corner of the napkin was in the water and sucked it up like a sponge, the whole bottom of the incubator was drenched, the humidity was up to 90 temp went down to 88 I freaked. So I took everyone out, put them in my second incubator, cleaned out the "lockdown" incubator, I know, I know your not suppose to open the incubator at Lockdown. But I figured I had two choices, leave it alone and hope for the best, and possibly lose all of them from drowning. Or do a quick clean up to get the temp and humidity back to normal and hope no one shrinked wrapped and pray for the best...

    I chose option two and I'm glad to say right now I have 16 baby silkies. i'm also proud to say no one shrinked wrapped and the other 7 are in the process of coming out right now. WHEWWWWW. Talk about scared to death...
     
  2. Brookiesflock

    Brookiesflock Out Of The Brooder

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    good job, I can wait till my chicks start having chicks, I have a while since they are still only 5 weeks lol
     
  3. I-Have-Happy-Hens

    I-Have-Happy-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    PICs please
     
  4. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If your humidity has been good throughout the incubation and the eggs have lost the correct amount of moisture by day 18, a high lockdown humidity really won't cause them to drown. My lockdown humidities have often reached 85% and even 90% on one occasion, when it sat there for over a day. I've never lost a chick to drowning.
     
  5. Lacrystol

    Lacrystol Hatching Helper

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    I didn't want to take the risk, because from what I understand, once they peep that's when the drowning can occur. But needless to say, i have two more left to come out, as soon as they join the 20 others, I will most definitely get pictures. I have a lot of partridge, was hoping for a lavender but don't think I'm gonna get on this round. But that's OK I have 24 more coming and more in the second incubator.
     
  6. Lacrystol

    Lacrystol Hatching Helper

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    Here they are all 21. Two of them didn't make it, out of the two, one was an experience egg. He had a loose air cell from the beginning and sometime down the road he quit developing, he had a very small beak and a small head. The other one that didn't make it, pushed himself out of the egg a little to soon, lost a lot of blood, I tried to stop it but he had lost to much. So that brings my total from 23 down to 21 and here they are::::The redness is from there heating lamp, they were not happy when I turned it off to take some pictures.. Don't mind the little green spots, apparently they are already feeling comfortable in there new home....

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  7. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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