Congrats on the chicks that hatched!
I'm sorry about the ones you lost.
Originally Posted by luvmigirls
thousands! oh my goodness. Where do i get my hand on those pigs. id love to love them!
They are in a very careful lab in isolation so that they don't get contaminated by other pigs. I really hope they can start helping people with diabetes soon.
Originally Posted by luvmigirls
Thank you for the advice! I should be at work but i took some PTO to figure out this baby chick. I left it in the incubator in that half shell state all night but it didnt budge an inch. So I started peeling again. I peeled as much of the shell off as i could. Where there was drips of fresh blood and i did not proceed at those areas. I held the egg in my hand with tissues so i could quick stop any blood leaks.
Well it was a very sad sight to see the chick, even though now completely 'free' not have any energy to kick or peep out at me or even open his eyes. Just laid there in that open shell, eyes closed, lethargic. I really started to feel like it was a lost cause. I put her in the bator and re-moistened the humidity cloths and just waited.
Well about 20 minutes go by, and i start hearing excited peeping. I check the bator and the chick finally is kicking around! YES! But the eyes are not open yet. I can see the eyeball moving underneath but the lids aren’t opening. I did a quick google search and one cause of eye lids not opening is... low humidity! Which is the exact situation i am dealing with with these Brown welsummer eggs. Even more time passed and she is acting frantic. (the other egg hatched with issues while on teh phone with wellsfargo, now that was interesting to ask the representative to 'hold on' while i qtip the dried out shell membranes, ha)
So i ran some warm/hot tap water and took that chick, wrapped my fingers under adn around her body, neck and head to support, and dunked her Up to her Neck into the warm water. I then used a qtip and dabbed warm water over her eyes. THEY OPENED! :) she is now in the bator, very energetic, peeping like mad, pecking at things and pretty much acting like she is late for the party. That sticky gooeyness that you mentioned was caked on her body really yucky like. Much like drying glue! The little hot bath i gave her really has her looking like a new hatchling!
here she is in the incubator, high humidity is making the windows foggy. But i think she is good to go. a foot dosesnt look complete straight, but i know how to straighten those toes out. yay, hopefully i come home to a still thriving baby welsummer :)
whew. what a start to my weekend. I am going to need 2 full days of recovery. But finally my staggered hatch is over. its been 6 days of a hatchlings arriving and im ready to find an egg big enough to hide into for 21 days. lol. this was surely a learning experience.
Congrats! I'm so glad! I've helped chicks before too, and I put drips of electrolyte water on their beaks. They were so weak that for the next day they couldn't stand and at times could barely even lift their heads. I didn't think they would make it, but they did, and are very strong, lively, healthy teens now.
Originally Posted by RavenBlue
one of the chicks just died!! I don't know what happened, it was looking healthy and running around and I saw it drinking this morning and then they were all back under the heat lamp sleeping on and off and then they were running around again except for this one still under the light I lifted her out and she had bubbles coming out of her mouth and was cool to touch and was opening her beak but no sound coming out and died in my hand while I was trying to think of what to do!!
And the one that hatched last and was still drying in the incubator finally fluffed up and I put her in the brooder and she was running around too but now she's barely moving under the heat lamp. I dropper fed her electrolytes but no improvement in the last hour and now she's not opening her eyes anymore. I am so upset I have never had full size healthy looking chicks die on me before! The box they are being brooded in as well as the water/food dishes scrubbed and bleached and air dried days before they hatched and the temperature under the heat lamp is 100 degree and the water I gave them was boiled and cooled and the chick starter they have is from the same bag my older chicks are eating without issue. I'm panicking as to what is causing the deaths and there are 5 more chicks in there what do I do????
I'm so sorry to hear that.
It could be that the eggs got bacteria in them, it could be that they were weak at hatching or perhaps they had poor genetics. I had a weak chick that I held under my shirt and gave drips of electrolyte water for a few hours that strengthened up and survived. Make sure it isn't getting bullied, inhaling water, or choking on food.
As mentioned it could be something genetic instead of a disease.
I hope the others remain healthy.