Whole hatching death

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by linuxman, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. linuxman

    linuxman Out Of The Brooder

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    I just attempted to incubate 8 BR eggs in a little giant still air incubator, with optional egg turner. I monitored the temp, and it never went about 100.5, and never went below 98, except for about 5 minuets where it got to 85. Would that have killed the whole hatching? We had a rooster to hen ratio of 3:15 at the time. Any help would be appreciated. This was my second time using this incubator. The first time, I had 19 out of 21 eggs hatch well. Sadly, only three have survived. (Between brooder malfunctions and predatory pigs, it was not fun for birds here until all problems were fixed.)
     
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  2. chicksooner

    chicksooner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not an expert here but I think a cool down might slow them down a bit. There is a sticky at the top about float testing eggs for viability. What day are you on.
     
  3. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm Premium Member

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    OKAY for a still incubator you should be at 101 for incubation. Your temp was low. That will delay a hatch! What day or you on your hatch??? Also I really suggest getting a digital thermometer and hygrometer! and making sure they are accurate before your next hatch!
     
  4. Quyen Le

    Quyen Le Chillin' With My Peeps

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    humidity is more important for hatching
     
  5. linuxman

    linuxman Out Of The Brooder

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    I let them stay in the incubator for 4 1/2 weeks. I just took them our and cracked them (carefully), and none of them had any visible embryo.

    I use multiple thermometers, and as for the hygrometer, I have been unable to find one with good ratings that is cheap enough to make it worth while to buy it for the few hatching's I do a year.
     
  6. Habibs Hens

    Habibs Hens Cream Legbar Keeper

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    i would suggest buy a brinsea spot check thermometer (verty cheap and the best out there)

    and maybe change to a forced air incubator they are so much easier to use
     
  7. Texasmja

    Texasmja Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like a fertility issue, no embryos...

    Did you candle them and see veins develop?
     
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    No embryo or even blood spot = not fertile. Even if your temps were low, fertile eggs will start to develop, just barely, when temps get into the 90's.
     
  9. linuxman

    linuxman Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks all. No, we are just starting to get into the whole sustainability chicken farming. We are working to get a good candler. Thanks all for the great advice! I will look into all of your wonderful comments.
     
  10. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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