Why do some chicks die late in the game?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by karri25, Nov 30, 2007.

  1. karri25

    karri25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am just wondering if any chick geniuses know why this occurs. The last time I hatched out eggs I had 8 silkie eggs. Two hatched, two were clear, 1 rotted, and 3 were almost fully grown and dead????? I switched to a new incubator this time and I'm hoping that this doesn't happen again but I hear this a lot on different threads. Maybe we can all pool our thoughts on this. It is just ridiculously sad when that happens:-(
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

  3. BantyChickMom

    BantyChickMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    some breeds have lethal gene combinations that result in death shortly before hatch.
    I'm not sure about silkies but japanese run the risk of the
    lethal creeper gene (for short legs) that cause death in the embryos a few days before hatching

    I'm not too familiar with genetics but hopefully this helps you a little.
     
  4. karri25

    karri25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh my goodness I am going to check out those link sright now. But I didn't know about the japanese?!?!?!?!?!? I have been looking for some eggs to hatch or some chicks b/c my son LOVES the white tails and has been begging me for some. I am glad for the head sup. i would just be devestated if I had an incubator full of dead chicks:-(
     
  5. jenichick

    jenichick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering this myself, since I had a couple die in the shell and never pip. Thanks for the link!
     
  6. karri25

    karri25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, that link is awesome!!!!!!
     

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