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Trouble with chicks hatching
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Angela Marie (Johnson) Ke    Posted 08-21-2003 at 08:03:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have read so many books on chickens, I do believe that I will start clucking any day now. My problem starts with the lack of consistacy of the information 101 or 99.5 degree incubator on down the line to hatch day.
ie: 36 eggs went into the incubator 21+ days ago, 2 eggs started pipping late yesterday afternoon - both are VERY wet looking and not drying off. I have 2 more eggs pipping today (eary this morning) but have yet to hatch and it's 11am.
What's wrong and what should I do next time?
They are Doninique and Rhoad Island Reds with RIR cock.

Red Dave    Posted 08-21-2003 at 08:22:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I worked at the hatchery, we transfered the eggs from the incubators to the hatchers at 18 days. We kept them at about 101 deg. At 21 days, they hatched.
Are you sure the eggs are fertilized?

Tom A    Posted 08-21-2003 at 08:18:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
We also have Dominiques, and have been hatching eggs for just a few years now. I blieve that hatching eggs is more art than science, despite all the books, and takes a lot of trial and error.

Temperature differences are related to type of incubator (still air versus blowing air) as well as differences in the thermometers themselves (take 4 or 5 identical thermometers and set them side by side for a few'll likely get at least 3 different readings!).

Advice that I was given, and proved true in my experience, is that the first few hatchings you attempt will have a low hatch rate, and fairly high percent of marginally healthy chicks. Take good notes, study the books (and various websites which also have "hatching problems" troubleshooting charts) and make adjustments with each try.

I have "helped" some chicks break out of their shells. Sometimes they've grown into healthy chickens, other times they were weak or deformed and didn't grow up at all. You just have to do what you're comfortable with.

good luck,

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