What am I doing wrong? Chicks sticking to egg shells

Serina81

Songster
12 Years
Mar 5, 2009
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Lucerne Valley, CA
I have the humidity around 50% during the first 18 days and then up to 65-70% during the last 3, but I still have at least one chick getting stuck to its egg shell. What am I doing wrong? Does it need to be higher? All the other chicks are fine, it's just the one or two chicks per hatch.
 

mrslb333

Songster
9 Years
Jun 15, 2010
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9
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Halifax, Nova Scotia
I seem to remember reading some where that it's caused by too much humidity, maybe worth getting a second hygro meter to double check?
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shellrae7

In the Brooder
9 Years
May 24, 2010
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Pleasant Grove, UT
It could also be because you are opening the incubator a few times to remove chicks and place in the brooder, so you are letting out big wafts of humidity for a time when you do that. I'm not sure if you're doing that or not, but just a thought.
 

Serina81

Songster
12 Years
Mar 5, 2009
302
9
196
Lucerne Valley, CA
I thought that too, but yesterday's hatch I made sure the door was not open ever during the three day lockdown. That's what's got me confused... I had high humidity and the door stayed shut. I brought the humidity up to 80% for the rest of the hatch and didn't have a problem for the last few eggs, but I didn't have a problem with the first few eggs either. Maybe just a weak chick issue?
 

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