Question Hatched Baby Chicken

Perry

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G'day,
I have a Bellsouth 100 Egg Incubator. I normally get a hatch rate of 30+ eggs from 40 eggs. The last batch were due on Friday. I could hear them so I knew they had hatched. I took about 25 out of the incubator. I noticed that two of the chicks were laying down and could not stand up. I put them in my brood box with Chicken Starter & water. In the afternoon, I took the rest that had hatch. Three of them were laying down. When I put them in the brood box I noticed that the two that I first put in the box were dead. The following morning half of them were dead. Before I put any eggs in the Incubator I clean it with hot soapy water. I have almost lost them all now. This is the first time this has happened to me. Please could somebody tell me what could have possible be the problem.
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Perry I think that is a question for a vet.
Seems like you might have some sort of bacterial or viral issue with that batch of eggs.
Did your chooks lay the eggs or do you buy them?
 

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G'day ClissAT,
I have my own chooks. I have been raising babies for years. This is the first time this has happened to me. I want to put down another batch of eggs. I think I will wash out the Incubator as I normally do. This time I will spray it with Bleach and wash it again. I cannot think of another way to sterilize it.
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The contamination could be coming from anywhere. But giving another few eggs a go will certainly help to narrow down the cause.
Then again maybe not.
Contamination can come from anywhere, your hands, a new person in your life or coming into the house, wild birds, wind blowing from a different direction coming from a rubbish tip or from another hatchery within a few k's of your place.
Bleach doesn't kill everything. It doesn't kill viruses at all and wild birds bring viruses a plenty.
If the chicks had a bacterial infection it would have shown in their poo or nasal passages. It would have been runny mostly.
A virus would not show in the very early stages.
 
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