What am I doing wrong?????

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Robin4439, Jan 30, 2016.

  1. Robin4439

    Robin4439 New Egg

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    I seem to be doing well at the initial stages of incubating...

    Then about day 14/15 and onwards the eggs seem to stop growing or by day 21 the eggs don't do anything and when I candle the chick hasnt moved and is dead.

    I'm gutted as my daughters are looking forward to raising chicks.

    Please help me

    Robin

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  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    What temperature and humidity are you keeping the incubator at? What kind of incubator are you using?
     
  3. Robin4439

    Robin4439 New Egg

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    Hi there,

    It is an automatic incubator and is sitting at 38'2

    I'm kicking myself as i seem to get so close to chicks then fail...


    Rob
     
  4. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    That's a little high but not horribly so. 37.5 is about where it should be if it's forced air. If you're doing still air you're actually a little low and need it to be at about 38.6. I doubt it's the temperature though. What is the humidity? I suspect you have a humidity issue.
     
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    Robin4439 New Egg

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    Hi there,

    I have now altered the temp.....

    37'5

    humidity sitting at 47
     
  6. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    I wonder if the humidity is a bit too high. How did the eggs look when you candled them? Did they look like this?

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    Or were the air cells larger or smaller? Have you calibrated your hygrometer to make sure it's accurate?
     
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  7. Robin4439

    Robin4439 New Egg

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    Hi there,

    thank you very much for the pic - i'll check the settings tmrw.

    The pic seems to simulate the eggs up till day 14 then goes wrong and doesn't change.

    Rob
     
  8. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    Good luck! The only other thing I can think of is if your turner isn't operating properly. The eggs really need to be turned 180 degrees three times a day at least for proper vascularization to develop. I would check that too. I hope you can hatch some chicks!
     
  9. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    What kind of thermometers and hygrometers are you using? Did you calibrate your instruments before you started each incubation?
     

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