Update: is it worth saving?

ACGM

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I first want to thank everyone that has answered my incessant questions! I have completed my first incubation and wanted to update on my previous post, as well as, share with you what I feel about this experience after going through all this to hopefully help others in my position.

The update is, that chick and the two others trying to make their way out, had in fact died. I know there is probably very little if anything I could have done but still pretty upset I lost so many so close to breaking out of their shells. I also had another egg that did not even pip and showed no signs of life.

My hypothesis for what went wrong is air quality/bacteria. I had six hatch two days ahead of schedule and when I went to take out chicks and examine the other eggs today, the incubator smelled rancid. I think for next time I will only incubate 8 eggs versus 12 (that’s what the incubator can hold) because having that many chicks made it cramped and being in there so long (48hrs+) they obviously had to “relieve” themselves. I also think that I may potentially remove chicks if they hatch so early next time depending on my gut feeling. I know the rule is to keep them in but my incubator is very small and seems to keep a steady temperature and humidity even when lifting the lid for a short period. I will obviously take more precautions to ensure the eggs left will survive but I really do feel like having all those chicks in there did more harm than good.

If there is any other feedback you guys can give me I would appreciate it! I again thank you all for helping me through this process!
 

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I also think that I may potentially remove chicks if they hatch so early next time depending on my gut feeling
Many of us remove early hatchers. While shrink wrapping can and does happen, we always have to make the best decision we can at the time. I drape extra blankets around the top to hang down over my arms and hold in my moisture and heat.

My favorite hatching resource has failed hatch analysis starting around page 52...
Incubation guide

There are so many unknowns, I wouldn't know where to to start with tips. Maybe including a link to your first thread would help with some background info.

But oh MY... them are some little beauties you hatched there! :celebrate

:love
 

ACGM

Chirping
Aug 25, 2019
34
66
69
Many of us remove early hatchers. While shrink wrapping can and does happen, we always have to make the best decision we can at the time. I drape extra blankets around the top to hang down over my arms and hold in my moisture and heat.

My favorite hatching resource has failed hatch analysis starting around page 52...
Incubation guide

There are so many unknowns, I wouldn't know where to to start with tips. Maybe including a link to your first thread would help with some background info.

But oh MY... them are some little beauties you hatched there! :celebrate

:love


Here is the link to previous post: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/is-it-worth-saving.1329904/#post-21705627
 

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