Why would chicks die late- could it be the heat?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Judexxwhite, Dec 2, 2015.

  1. Judexxwhite

    Judexxwhite New Egg

    Dec 2, 2015
    My hen recently hatched only 3 eggs out of 12. Sadly when I cracked the remaining 9 eggs, the chicks were really well formed and must have died just before hatching. Im wondering what happened as I have never had this before.
    Some reasons I thought of are-
    We have had really hot weather and maybe the eggs over heated.
    We had a huge storm of thunder and lightening storm a day or so before the eggs were due.
    The hen had pooped in the nest and some of the eggs had dried pooh on them- perhaps contamination?
    We moved her and the eggs inside a day before hatching as the weather was really bad- maybe we disturbed the eggs somehow?

    Any other ideas.

    Thanks Jude
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hi, Jude, welcome to BYC. It is possible that after the move she may not have incubated the eggs adequately. Soiling the nest may also have been part of the problem.

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