What Did I Do ?????

nancylee

Chirping
Sep 17, 2009
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Montague, PEI
My first time hatching eggs. I got a 1602N thermal air Hova-Bator.
No turner I did it 3 times a day. Temp stayed 99 to 100. Humidty around 50. All eggs were fertile 10th day candeling and growing.
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5 days later I didn't think they grew much and could not see movement but thought I would leave them. 2 days before hatch I smell something (while trying to hear peeping) and oped bator and took one out, it smelled, candelled, didn't look good, opened, yep no good. along with the 5 others. Did I do something wrong.
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My first time, dissapointed, but have to try again.
Any help what I might have done wrong might be able to help me with my next batch.
Thanks
Nancy
 

Laney

Songster
10 Years
Mar 25, 2009
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Spring Hope, NC
I'm not that experienced myself but so far it doesn't sound like anything you did. A few questions others will ask.

Were the eggs shipped? Were they your eggs? If they were your eggs have you or a hen hatched them successfully before? What breed/age were the hen/roo if they were your eggs?

Sometimes it's just something genetic that goes wrong and not something you did, just like a human miscarriage.

Laney
 

k2chickens

Songster
10 Years
Apr 22, 2009
1,757
2
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New Castle, Indiana
3 times is the bare minimum for turning. Personally i turned my eggs 5 times a day by hand on my first hatch this year and got an 85% hatch rate. Maby your chicks settled to one side of the shell some how due to not turning so much and the growing came to a stop?
 

nancylee

Chirping
Sep 17, 2009
37
0
85
Montague, PEI
Thanks for the replies
The eggs were my own, I got the 2 hens 1 roster last month. I was told they had chicks before. They are Japanese Chickens. I know they have the lethal gene and thought that may have been the problem. But I would like to know before I start another batch if it was something I was doing wrong. First time with chickens and I am having a ball. (they are so funny)
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(I want more)
Nancy
 

mstricer

Crowing
12 Years
Feb 12, 2009
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Ohio
I only turned mine 3 times day except for when i had days off have same bator just hatched 4 out of 5 egss last night. didnt expect any. I kept my humitity right around 55 then upped it to 69 during last 3 days.
 

jenjscott

Mosquito Beach Poultry
11 Years
May 24, 2008
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Southeast Arkansas
Yes they "should" be turned more than twice a day, but that won't mess up a whole hatch. I have hatched plenty turning them twice a day with a few "oops, I forgot" in there. How sure are you on your candling? Of Course, jap eggs are notorious for dying in the shell (usually close to hatch) and for infertility. The only thing I can think of would be a temperature spike that you missed somehow. I have one of those cheap digital thermometers from walmart that has a max and min and you can check for temperature spikes.
 

nancylee

Chirping
Sep 17, 2009
37
0
85
Montague, PEI
Hi Everyone
It may have been a temperature spike. I have no way of telling. I will have to get one of those digital thermometers that has a max and min they sound good. As for my candling I did see movement around day 10 or so, but no movement on 16. I did open them up (Yuck) they were fertile but not developed much. Next batch I will turn more. How often and when should you candle?
Thanks
Nancy
 

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