Originally Posted by bbgranch
Two of my marans chicks. Different colors. I have two of the darker ones and two of the more silver ones. Oh and one guinea. Pink pig was in there for the guinea while waiting for the others to hatch, but the marans seem to like it so its still there. I had a tragedy this morning. One of my marans was dead. Don't know what happened. So out of the original 7 eggs, one was not fertile, 5 hatched with that one not making it, and 1 egg left. I don't think its any good, but will wait until tomorrow to make sure. I hope the 4 remaining chicks make it. They seem to be doing ok so far.
Oh, and I still have some guinea eggs that seem to still be alive. Go figure. One had pipped this morning and is cheeping. If it makes it, I'll just add to the group. And the remaining guinea eggs that are moving around, I'll stick those in the real incubator as soon as the last marans chick graduates to the brooder. DH is getting tired of all hoorah. But I just can't throw out an egg that still has a chance.
I'm sorry honey. Tragedy is so painful. No matter what kind. Uplifting you in prayer.
That's so cool to see some people taking my advice! Here's a cool tip: turn pink pig over and prop her slightly on all 4 's,if you can, so that when they nestle,they get the plush side. They won't mind a bit of the weight on them. That's what makes them feel so secure. And like they're with mama. Don't worry about the weight either Bc their ma puts a whole lot more on them. You can cover them(their cage) with a light binky at dusk time to train them for when they're out with the others. (ranging or in the run...) If lights are on,it'll keep them up. Tweeting alllllll night! After a few,quietly lift the binky and I'll bet you they're nestled in under pink pig!!!! So so sweet. ☺️😘(I also added a light dish towel on the inside of the cage. I had it where it was covering mama frog,lightly. Just for some coziness. A lil darker and secure area they could have. In case they wanted to nap during the day. Bc newborns often do that. And they did several times....But then they got to the point of wanting light first thing in the morning! I'm telling you they know!!! So I'd partially uncover the cage and man....they'd sing to me all day!!! 😃😀😊
PS... as I've said before...chickens have internal clocks. Dawn,rise. Dusk,sleep. Anyone having trouble with them being up all night,this is due to their body clock conflicting. (This is why breeders put several artificial lights in the factory as to trick the chickens into thinking it's daytime. Therefore it's time to lay. They do this to these poor chickens round the clock. 24/7!!!) They have very poor eyesight when the sun starts to set,so that is why they all flock to the safest place they know. The coop. Then at dawn,as their eyesight begins to restore,they are all game for being Chickiedoos!!! Hope maybe I've helped someone here....😏😏😏Edited by Gloryjasmine - 9/23/15 at 2:21am