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What am I doing wrong?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by kvmommy, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. kvmommy

    kvmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2011
    Ok...I followed Pete55's method of hatching and weighed them. I dry hatched for the most part, and only added a bit of water throughout the incubation. My humidity generally remained around 30-35%. I candled some but not too frequently and I had 7 quit pretty early on...these were shipped so I wasn't surprised. 13 of 20 went into lockdown...2 I was pretty sure had already passed. Then I had 3 hatch. 2 had very, very dry membranes that were sucked over them...they had damaged air cells to begin with. 1 had yolk and looked about day 17. The rest were absolutely perfect. Their membrane didn't look dry, they didn't look too wet. They didn't have yolk. They never internally pipped...they just died. I have an LG with an auto turner and a computer fan that caused me temp problems when I went into lockdown because I had to adjust the temps after I took them out of the turner but the temps stabalized in a few hours. These eggs were a rocking and rolling all over the place then just stopped. Why would this happen??? Please give me some advice.
     
  2. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    Sounds like shipped eggs and your humidity not high enough during lock down. I got 2 babies out of 10. 6 went in lock down. One died during pipping and the rest quit, out of them only one internally pipped. I opened my incubator too much during lock down to save the 2, I got. I happy though, that just means I can hatch more.
     
  3. CCourson05

    CCourson05 Popping like kettle corn...

    Jan 5, 2011
    Hickory Flat, MS
    Since they developed until lockdown and even showed signs of life, your issue lies in humidity. What did you raise it to for lockdown?
     
  4. kvmommy

    kvmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2011
    Quote:I raised it to 65%. It dropped once to 61% and got as high as 77% briefly...but generally it stayed between 65 and 70%.
     

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