And Good Morning! You finally beat me so I can now go back to posting here when I first read the thread. I am so happy you are first today!
I have 2 chicks alive today that should be dead, so maybe life is getting better...
Yesterday morning I had one egg that was zipped but heat shrunk. Judy is getting good at picking them out of the shell. My hands are too large and clumsy for the fine work that requires, despite what some may say, the differences in the sexes make her hands perfect for that. She picked it out, then she soaks it in a wet warm paper towel wrapped inside of cellophane. The whole time she talks lovingly and sweetly to the poor bird. She carries it around and nurses it for 15-20 minutes.
Then she carefully pulls the shrink wrap and any membrane off the chick. It gets an olive oil rub and is placed in the incubator. My brother was sure it would die. It was hardly moving. It is alive and well this morning.
Late yesterday afternoon, I took my cousins son down to look at the incubators. I thought the eggs were done hatching, but because of a family reunion, my Mother decided we needed to have I was unable to get the eggs thrown away. There was one CLB shell that had pipped. the hole was about the size of a pencil. I heard the chick inside.
Jake (Cousin's Son) was shocked to hear the chick inside. He is around 35-40 and just got 6 chickens. His wife is a cute little thing in love with them. She maybe joining the ranks of turkey owners too, she is trying to convince Jake to get some. They both want Guineas after seeing and hearing them. (this is just to give you an idea of what kind of people they are.
My Granddaughter has been asking to see a egg crack open and a chick come out. I went and got Judy and gave her the egg. Judy sat at the table and opened the egg with Jake, Vivian and Olivia (my 4 & 5 year old granddaughters) watching her every move. She cracked out the chick that was so completely heat shrink wrapped it could not even move. Judy got the bird freed up with her wet towel voodoo. Olivia found it boring and left, Jake and Viv stayed the whole time until after the oil massage was done.
This morning they are both up and walking around inside the foam incubator. They look pathetic with the feathers not fluffed at all. But they are alive. I will give them shampoo them then use conditioner to fluff them later today... So much better to talk about the ones that lived over the ones that died!
BTW my guess is Jake will be getting turkeys for his wife too.......
Ahhh Ralphie - what is happening with Judy? Are you converting her slowly, methodically, using her nursing instincts to do it? It started last winter during hatchings and she obviously has been thinking about ways to save those 'heat shrunk' chicks.
And admit it plllleeeeaaaase - I did get first place this morning by a hair. You were still combing yours!