What causes chicks to develop completely and then die?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Stevenson, Mar 24, 2011.

  1. Stevenson

    Stevenson Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2011
    Southwest Indiana
    I hatched 15/16 eggs on Tuesday/Wednesday. Today I took the last egg out of the incubator and float tested it....no movement and it sank. I opened the egg and found a dead fully developed chick inside. The yolk was gone and the shell was clean inside. I know that the temperature and humidity were right because I did get 15/16.......so why did this one not make it? I know this stuff happens, and I am not upset by it...I just want to make sure if it was something I did that I don't do it again.

    Any ideas?
  2. Emmalion

    Emmalion Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2011
    Western Massachusetts
  3. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    If 15 out of 16 hatched out fine you are doing good. Some just don't make it out...
  4. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

    Jun 10, 2010
    You had excellent luck to have 15/16 hatch, let's keep that in mind. The one that didn't hatch is more than likely a case of "wasn't meant to". Sometimes they just don't make it and there's nothing you could have done differently to change that [​IMG] Sometimes chicks are just not strong enough to pip the shell, sometimes they aren't in the right position to do it, sometimes genetics or mother nature speaks to say 'not going to happen today'. Judging by the rest of the hatch, it was probably nothing you can change for next time- in fact, whatever you did this time keep on doing it- the average hatch rate evens out to somewhere between 50-70%, and you're high above that [​IMG]
  5. kelseygirl707

    kelseygirl707 Dances with Chickens

    Mar 3, 2009
    Lakeport, Ca.
    I figure the chick probably had some dissability that caused it to be weak and unable to pip the shell. It just happens sometimes. Too bad though, almost a 100% hatch!
  6. Stevenson

    Stevenson Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2011
    Southwest Indiana
    Quote:I know! That's what I thought too! Since it was fully developed, I was SOOOO close!

    I did find out that that egg was the first egg that the hen had laid. I did hatch her second egg...I don't know if that had anything to do with it.

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