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Alba the preemie Serama chick

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i recently lost my beloved Serama rooster Fitz. He was the sweetest bird ever, and was really pretty with vivid red and black splashes over a pure white base. I was heartbroken. His mate, Molly, laid an egg the same day and I decided to incubate it with the Polish eggs I had set. The result: a perky little silver polish chick named Zara, and Alba, a little 9-gram scrap of a thing whose existence was touch-and-go before she even hatched. Alba pipped in the wrong spot, resulting in her being unable to hatch without assistance. In my first attempt, I accidentally nicked a blood vessel and Alba nearly bled out. If she was any less stubborn, she might well have died right then and there. I waited for the membrane to dry, and tried again. This time, I was successful. Unfortunately, by Saturday morning, other problems became clear. For one, rambunctious 43-gram Zara would toss Alba around, step on her, and try to eat her toes. For another, Alba had no notion of normal chick behaviors. She couldn't figure out how to eat or drink, and had to be force fed, and will just kind of fold, then settle herself instead of lying down normally. She's adorable, and I'm thankful for her. smile.png

Stardust Quality Chickens & Crafts. Breeding show line Malaysian Seramas, Bantam SL Polish, and various other breeds since 2010.
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I live in a house resembling a cross between a zoo and a library. House residents include 28 chickens, a parrot, and six dogs, as well as a younger sister and a very tolerant mother.
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Stardust Quality Chickens & Crafts. Breeding show line Malaysian Seramas, Bantam SL Polish, and various other breeds since 2010.
thedailyserama.weebly.com
I live in a house resembling a cross between a zoo and a library. House residents include 28 chickens, a parrot, and six dogs, as well as a younger sister and a very tolerant mother.
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Update: Alba took a sip of water without help!
Stardust Quality Chickens & Crafts. Breeding show line Malaysian Seramas, Bantam SL Polish, and various other breeds since 2010.
thedailyserama.weebly.com
I live in a house resembling a cross between a zoo and a library. House residents include 28 chickens, a parrot, and six dogs, as well as a younger sister and a very tolerant mother.
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Stardust Quality Chickens & Crafts. Breeding show line Malaysian Seramas, Bantam SL Polish, and various other breeds since 2010.
thedailyserama.weebly.com
I live in a house resembling a cross between a zoo and a library. House residents include 28 chickens, a parrot, and six dogs, as well as a younger sister and a very tolerant mother.
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Originally Posted by StiltChickens View Post

Update: Alba took a sip of water without help!

:celebrate:weee:yesss:

Serama lover! Home of the Super Serama Bunch! Don't forget cochins. 15 Seramas, 1 duccles, 10 layer birds! Make sure to follow Kate's Sassy Seramas as we are NPIP certified!

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Serama lover! Home of the Super Serama Bunch! Don't forget cochins. 15 Seramas, 1 duccles, 10 layer birds! Make sure to follow Kate's Sassy Seramas as we are NPIP certified!

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I hope she continues to improve!
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How is Alba?

Serama lover! Home of the Super Serama Bunch! Don't forget cochins. 15 Seramas, 1 duccles, 10 layer birds! Make sure to follow Kate's Sassy Seramas as we are NPIP certified!

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Serama lover! Home of the Super Serama Bunch! Don't forget cochins. 15 Seramas, 1 duccles, 10 layer birds! Make sure to follow Kate's Sassy Seramas as we are NPIP certified!

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Thread Starter 
Sadly, she died at a week and two days old. She'd started feathering out, but then she just keeled over. sad.png
Stardust Quality Chickens & Crafts. Breeding show line Malaysian Seramas, Bantam SL Polish, and various other breeds since 2010.
thedailyserama.weebly.com
I live in a house resembling a cross between a zoo and a library. House residents include 28 chickens, a parrot, and six dogs, as well as a younger sister and a very tolerant mother.
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Stardust Quality Chickens & Crafts. Breeding show line Malaysian Seramas, Bantam SL Polish, and various other breeds since 2010.
thedailyserama.weebly.com
I live in a house resembling a cross between a zoo and a library. House residents include 28 chickens, a parrot, and six dogs, as well as a younger sister and a very tolerant mother.
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Originally Posted by StiltChickens View Post

Sadly, she died at a week and two days old. She'd started feathering out, but then she just keeled over. sad.png
Awe. I am so sorry. I am glad she had someone to take care of her and make her life comfortable. (Hugs)

Serama lover! Home of the Super Serama Bunch! Don't forget cochins. 15 Seramas, 1 duccles, 10 layer birds! Make sure to follow Kate's Sassy Seramas as we are NPIP certified!

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Serama lover! Home of the Super Serama Bunch! Don't forget cochins. 15 Seramas, 1 duccles, 10 layer birds! Make sure to follow Kate's Sassy Seramas as we are NPIP certified!

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Sad news, I'm sorry sad.png
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