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Unsuccessful Incubation

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by dgkatz, Mar 7, 2009.

  1. dgkatz

    dgkatz In the Brooder

    Nov 2, 2008
    I'm on day 18 of an incubation (my first attempt) I started with 47 eggs, threw out 8 after awhile that were unfertile. I could have sworn I saw movement in some of the eggs around 10 days but now all but one egg candle clear for the bottom half, a dark floating mass for about a third and then the air pocket. With 3 days to go I have to believe this batch is a loss.
    I'm using a Hobavator with an automatic turner and keeping it at 99.5 degrees. Any suggestions?

  2. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    I wouldn't give up on them just yet. However, is it possible that you had a major temperature spike back several days ago? That is really the only thing I can think of that might kill all of them off at the same time. If they are all candling the same then they are most likely at the same stage in their development.
  3. Snakeoil

    Snakeoil Songster

    Jan 10, 2009
    SE Iowa
    I would keep them in the bator for the remainder of time.
  4. Echoes

    Echoes Songster

    Feb 23, 2009
    So was anything moving in there today? OR was it just a still, dark floating mass?
  5. dgkatz

    dgkatz In the Brooder

    Nov 2, 2008
    looks like a lifeless dark floating mass, no movement unless I move the eggs
  6. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

    Nov 13, 2008
    Colorado Springs, Co
    I am also on day 18 on a first attempt and my results are the same. I just took out the turner and put them in a carton to finish the last few days hoping I just wasn't candling properly....
  7. ajablu

    ajablu Songster

    Jun 28, 2008
    Northeast, PA
    If any of the more experienced members here see this please comment. I have exactly the same thing with several of my eggs too. I am also at day 18 so I was very iterested in this.
    This is my first hatch.

  8. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    no mention was made of humidity. Do you have a hygrometer? (measures humidity) They can be bought at walmart.com for under ten dollars. I put a section of hardware cloth on top of my eggs and set the hygrometer on that and run around 102 in my still air and things usually hatch about right, sometiems a day later. I try to keep the humidity around 40%, maybe 45 or so, and the last three days, bump it up to around 60%. Not all of mine hatch either, but I do okay. Hope this helps. Good luck and don't give up. I compltely destroyed my first four incubation efforts through not knoiwing. You are in good company here.
  9. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

    Nov 13, 2008
    Colorado Springs, Co
    I have 2 hygrometers that were calibrated and both read between 43-50 percent....
  10. pw_quiltworks

    pw_quiltworks One Handy Chick

    Jan 7, 2009
    I candled mine around day 17 and didn't see any movement. I let them set in the incubator with little hope of any hatching. All but one hatched. The one that didn't hatch was cracked.

    I would just let them alone. You might get some. Don't give up yet. It's worth a try. Good Luck!!

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