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Im not sure how it happened but I have a chick fully out of the shell, too soon.

 

There are 2 more eggs out of 13 to hatch, all under a very experienced broody.

 

I have this little one inside atm in a plastic zip lock bag with a very large hole (piece cut out of it), sitting on towel on a bed of heated rice.

 

When it was brought in to me it was freezing cold, its alive chirping (a little) and kicking (a little).

 

There was some bleeding, that has stopped and there is a small amount of yoke sac still to be absorbed.

 

I used the plastic zip lock bag to keep the wet yoke sac from drying out - humidity is present in the bag - this is good ?

 

Im heating more rice in a slow cooker - what temp should I be aiming for ?

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Im not sure how it happened but I have a chick fully out of the shell, too soon.

 

There are 2 more eggs out of 13 to hatch, all under a very experienced broody.

 

I have this little one inside atm in a plastic zip lock bag with a very large hole (piece cut out of it), sitting on towel on a bed of heated rice.

 

When it was brought in to me it was freezing cold, its alive chirping (a little) and kicking (a little).

 

There was some bleeding, that has stopped and there is a small amount of yoke sac still to be absorbed.

 

I used the plastic zip lock bag to keep the wet yoke sac from drying out - humidity is present in the bag - this is good ?

 

Im heating more rice in a slow cooker - what temp should I be aiming for ?

How is your baby doing? It has been many many years since I hatched any eggs, but 101 was the temp we kept ours at, it was an incubator without a fan tho, so the temp was a little higher. 

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Hi and thanks for the reply ... I read that I need to try for 37.7 I am really struggling to keep it there.

 

The little one is still alive but the egg sack is not disappearing as I had hoped.

 

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Poor baby!!  Like I said, it has been a long long time, probably ten or more years, since I tried my hand at hatching any eggs. I know I tried about 10 years back, but before that it was when I was only 11 or 12, and that was pushing close to 20 years ago. And back then, I did not have the internet, so I just went off of any info I could get from the feed store, library books, etc.  Something I read earlier said the yolk should be absorbed within 3 days.  That seems like an awfully long time though. And you run the risk of it getting infected quite easily.  The fact he is still alive is a good sign so far, hopefully the poor little thing will pull through!! You may go over to the incubating & hatching eggs forum and post this, they will definitely have more experience at this stuff!! Keep us posted!! 

 

Oh... And WELCOME to BYC!!  :welcome

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I'm no expert - I've had one case of an incompletely absorbed yolk sac in 3 broody hatches.  I didn't know what to do, so I let the chick start to dry out for a couple of hours under the mother.  When I checked on it, it seemed very weak (still with the yolk sac attached) so I gave it drops of sugar water (as much sugar as I could dissolve in warm water) every 30 minutes for about 4 hours.  It seemed to perk up a bit, dry out well, and then all of a sudden when I took it out from under the mother the unabsorbed yolk sac had disappeared!  It hadn't been shrinking, so my suspicion is that either it dried up and fell off, or the broody nipped it off.  Either way it wasn't in the nest, so I assume she ate it!  

I'm not saying that this approach will work for your chick, but if nothing is changing then it may be worth considering putting it back under the mother, keeping it fed with sugar water, and seeing what happens. 

 

Started out with 3 birds. Currently at 13 pullets and 2 roos

- chicken maths is definitely getting the better of me!

 

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RIP Blackie (the best hen ever), Rusty (too curious once too often) and Cinders (my grey girl)

 

 

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Started out with 3 birds. Currently at 13 pullets and 2 roos

- chicken maths is definitely getting the better of me!

 

Member of the Derperella Club - we're all just going round the rooster here.

 

RIP Blackie (the best hen ever), Rusty (too curious once too often) and Cinders (my grey girl)

 

 

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This was running through my mind ... that the moisture it now causing more issues than its is helping, considering infection is more probable in a warm moist environment, and the egg sack may be better off drying out too  .... so I might be better off letting it dry out.

 

I think my 13 y old son let curiosity get the better of him and he investigated a cold rejected egg. The mumma had hatched out 12 or more chicks, all within 12 hrs of each other.

The last 3 eggs she just pushed aside, these were quite cold, but the chick inside was still alive, and very very cold, and obviously not ready to hatch.

 

Ill try and copy this info over to the other forum as suggested.

 

Again thanks for your help and support.

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This was running through my mind ... that the moisture it now causing more issues than its is helping, considering infection is more probable in a warm moist environment, and the egg sack may be better off drying out too  .... so I might be better off letting it dry out.

 

I think my 13 y old son let curiosity get the better of him and he investigated a cold rejected egg. The mumma had hatched out 12 or more chicks, all within 12 hrs of each other.

The last 3 eggs she just pushed aside, these were quite cold, but the chick inside was still alive, and very very cold, and obviously not ready to hatch.

 

Ill try and copy this info over to the other forum as suggested.

 

Again thanks for your help and support.

Sorry that I don't have any more advice or help to offer :(

 

How is your chick today? 

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