What killed my chicks? Pics included

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Staciaw755, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. Staciaw755

    Staciaw755 Out Of The Brooder

    75
    2
    41
    Oct 8, 2013
    N. Idaho
    uhh so upset. Set 27 eggs and 10 made it to lock down looking great. Hatch day came and went and on day 26 I decided to,open them. This is what I found. Can anyone tell me what went wrong? 100% failure :( so sad

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  2. Farmer Viola

    Farmer Viola Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,202
    224
    198
    May 23, 2013
    Earth
    sorry sweetie *hugs* don't give up on hatching yet!

    I think that you had some humidity issues...
    REMEMBER to have 2 or 3 hygrometers and thermometers. DO NOT rely on the built-in hygrometer and thermometer, they are never right.

    I have had good luck with the Dry Incubation method:
    Day 1-18: Add as little water as possible. Rely on egg evaporation for humidity. Keep humidity above 25% and below 45%.
    Day 19-21: 65% humidity
    Complete information: https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-incubate-hatch-eggs-using-the-dry-incubation-method

    Here is a link for troubleshooting hatch failure:
    http://msucares.com/poultry/reproductions/trouble.html
     
  3. Staciaw755

    Staciaw755 Out Of The Brooder

    75
    2
    41
    Oct 8, 2013
    N. Idaho

    I was trying the dry incubation method. Humidity days 1-18 was right about 27-30. Then at lock down I added al the water, sponge ect and humidity said 20% and then read low. I think my hygrometer went bad or something. On top of that I couldn't keep temp right. For today I am done but we will see what next week looks like I may try again.
     
  4. Farmer Viola

    Farmer Viola Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,202
    224
    198
    May 23, 2013
    Earth
    Quote: hmm yes, that could be.. this is why I always recommend at least 2, maybe 3 hygrometers. in case one fails or breaks, and to test against each other for accuracy :)

    Edit:
    Also, it means that your humidity for day 1-18 might not have been right.
    If it read 20% when you tried to raise it for lockdown, and it was 27% for the first 18 days, then it was FAR too high for the first 18 days, I think.

    Quote: I try to put my incubator in a central location in the house (it's in my bedroom), away from windows and doors and air vents. my dear husband leaves the front door open for 3 seconds too long and he gets an earful about the draft and the eggs :)
     
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2013

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by