Incubator Problems For Hatching Eggs

Hatching eggs in an incubator is not always easy as there are many variables that can affect the hatch.

I recently had 38 duck eggs in my incubator but have only 7 ducklings and only one hatched out without any help. I am not alone in finding hatching eggs in an incubator difficult.

My incubator is an ecostat incubator. The thing is i have never hatch any eggs yet i have put about 50 eggs in it. This is the second time this has happened. The eggs are fertile yet they do not hatch. I have cracked the eggs open and there are chicks fully developed. I opened the eggs a 5 days after the 3 weeks in incubation as there was no sigh of them hatching.
I don’t know what is wrong but it is really annoying me.
Anyone know what might be the matter ?

Erin left a reply comment:

Why don’t you let the hen sit on the eggs? I’ve just had a batch of lil us today to our surprise!! Our hen has been broody for a while and very angry towards to rooster. We let nature take over and sure enough the hen knew what to do. Lovely waking up and hearing little cheeps! Erin

I think that Erin is right in that a broody hen is often more successful than the incubator at hatching eggs, as nature should be!

But some of us do use an incubator to hatch eggs and it is useful to try to find out the reason why hatching is not successful so that incubation conditions can be improved and a successful hatch achieved.

Hi Conor,

I am sorry that you are having problems with your incubator. I know exactly how you feel. I had 38 duck eggs in mine and now have only 7 ducklings. Infact if I had not intervened I would only have 1 duckling.

There are many reasons why the chicks do not hatch:
Improper storage of eggs whereby the eggs become too cold.
Eggs not turned correctly.
Temperature incorrect – too low or too high.
Humidity incorrect – too low throughout incubation.
Improper ventilation.
Infection or disease.
Poor diet or poorly conditioned breeding stock.

Click on this link for more information.

If you do have a broody hen or know someone who has and is willing to let their hen sit on your eggs then this is the best way to hatch eggs.

Hope this information is useful. Thanks for commenting. I hope you get the incubation sorted.

Sara @ farmingfriends

If you have any advice about using an incubator for hatching eggs then please leave a comment.

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  1. My little Silkie girl just went broody, but it wouldn’t have saved the 5 Sebastopol goose eggs I just lost that were fully developed but died in the shell within the 3 days prior to hatching. Some of us enjoy hatching our own eggs, but there is always some heartbreak in it.

    I am searching desparately for an answer as to why my babies died. They were fully developed and active, but had not absorbed their yolk sack past day 16 (if you look at pictures of chick development on the internet). Three days before their expected hatch date, the first one died, then two more, then two more, and today – hatch day – the last one died.

    So what did I do wrong? I’m just sick about it. I’ve waited a month for my precious darlings to hatch, and I don’t want this to happen again!

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