Originally Posted by abbevilleoz
Just found one of my new babies dead. They were all doing well at 4am. Don't know what happened? He was the last born and seemed very healthy. He was a pretty blue.
I'm so sorry to hear that!
Originally Posted by WVduckchick
That's what I'm finding with the quail also.
#10 hatched around 10:00 last night. When I moved 9 and 10 to the brooder, I had another one that had started to zip (before #9) but then stopped. It had been several hours and all he was doing was making a bigger hole. No rotation. So I moistened the membrane and put him back. The last other one with a pip had been rolled, so I uprighted it, and flicked the piece of shell off, and couldn't find a hole in the membrane. Dug a little bit to find the beak, opened the membrane a bit and dampened it too.
A few minutes later, 11 and 12 started zipping and hatched around midnight. #12 came out with the most awful goo! Covered in it. And a bubble on his shoulder. Then #11 started crawling through it, so I quickly pulled 12 out and wiped it up, and wiped him off, got it out of his eyes, and put them back in.
The last 2 (assisted ones) are still sitting in there, but I believe they will be mercifully culled when I get home. I'd love to see the one make it out, because its another blonde, but the one that made the huge hole will hopefully just give up. I don't think it stands much chance.
But I'm very happy with 12!! Oh, #11 is a bit splay legged, but I didn't hobble it. We'll see if he improves today.
This is #12:
This morning. Its not hard like glue. Just crusty. He'll clean it off easily. But he's getting around fine so far.
I've been finding that the ones that have bigger pip holes and take the longest to hatch are getting sticky to some extent. I think because the more exposure to the inside of the egg, for extended time and the forced air make a great combo for them to get sticky.
The chick with the bubble on the shoulder didn't make it but the bubble was gone within 24 hours and I don't believe had anything to do with it. So
I'm hoping they all pull through for you. And I don't brace legs until 24-48 hours later (unless it's extreme) because I've been finding if it's mild, it usually goes away as the leg muscles strengthen during the first day or two. Can't wait to see a group shot when they are all fluffy!