What am I doing wrong?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Sahwithchicks, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. Sahwithchicks

    Sahwithchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I began incubating at the end of August. I have hatched chicks, quail, and ducklings.both quail and ducklings have hatched without s problem... However, I seem to have a high rate of leg problems with chicks. Here's is my situation.
    I have hatched only 15 chicks, and three of those have had leg problems, spayed leg and one chick that was a "scooter". All three chicks have been from different sources, and different hatches. Here are pictures of the chicks:

    This was the first; a black copper Marans that I got locally.
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    The second was a blue Marans that was a shipped egg. I unfortunately lost the picture of him. He leg was bent backwards. It stuck straight back.

    The most recent in a bantam Cochin that hatched today from my own flock.
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    I put him in a shot glass to try to treat him
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    I use a wonderful hova bator genesis 1588 with a turner, and a still air little giant as a hatcher. The genesis hold a solid temp at 99 and humidity is a breeze with the tray. I have logged the incubation and it holds at 45-50. The still air holds a pretty good temp at 100, I do have a hard time getting the humidity up, even with a sponge and those little water balls.

    So is there something I am doing, or not doing to create this problem? Should I stop using the still air and only hatch in the genesis?

    Help me!!
     
  2. Sahwithchicks

    Sahwithchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Giviing this a bump, hoping to get some help
     
  3. kizanne

    kizanne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm by no means an expert but I know they don't recommend newpaper for the brooder floor. I notice the one picture it seems there is paper towel in there. While better than newspaper I would think it too might slip around.

    Hopefully some of the more experienced hatchers will show up with more help.
     
  4. Sahwithchicks

    Sahwithchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ah thank you for reminding me of talking about that.

    The first two where both put onto shavings when hatched. I tried the the paper as an alternative once I noticed the problem. The one hatched today has been kept on a wire bottom to try to help it.

    All three hatched with this problem which is why I am thinking I am doing something wrng... It was not something try developed as they grew.
     
  5. Quyen Le

    Quyen Le Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have this problem with LG incubator or home made incubator as well. I think the temp fluctuated when incubating that caused problems.
     
  6. kizanne

    kizanne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really don't know what could be causing it.
     

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