Originally Posted by AmyLynn2374
That's great that one is thriving. Leg problems really suck. I love my original roo. When we first put him out to the coop last spring he was really doing good and even with his leg problem he thrived and seemed to get stronger. I wasn't too worried about him breeding because with his leg and balance problems, he couldn't really complete the deed. But when the younger roos got bigger they started going after him. He wouldn't even come out of the coop anymore. Took me a while, (I hate to admit it) to figure out why. I got rid of one roo and then Elvis started challenging him and going after him so I brought him in for the winter and I just think he's fallen into a "depression" of sorts. His feathers are dull, he never even tries to crow anymore. I'm getting ready to fix him his own little coop in the end of the run now that it's warmer and section it off for him, but I don't know if it'll make a difference now.
I'm glad you have time to do that. I sadly just can't devote the time and effort, and I hate to see the little guy in pain. And guess what? I'm pretty sure its frizzled. One little wing already has some feathers curling.
Originally Posted by caesargirl
Both vent plugs open. It's forced air and I have the ceiling fan on above the bator.
Membranes have been moistened with water/bacitracin. I'll up the humidity more now.
Originally Posted by samandemsmommy
So glad I found this thread. I want to be able to assist if they need me- but I am scared it would have disastrous consequences and then of course my husband may be like- well, you knew you were not supposed to open the bator, etc, etc... but I don't want a chick to die if I could possibly help it in some way. Glad I found this so I can come back to ask for help if I need it! LOL- my babies are due Friday- today is day 19. Day 18 morning everyone was alive and moving (via candling before I put on lock down). I raised my humidity and today it is about 70% ---I don't have any eggs rocking or anything- so I am nervous. I am using the Janoel12 incubator and have 6 eggs in it.
Howdy! You'll get lots of opinions on assisting, but I always say "my egg, my decision"... or "your eggs, your decision".
Its a personal decision, in my opinion. I do feel patience often pays off, and going in too quickly can be more disastrous, but your gut is your best gauge.