That's called a paint? Okay, I got 2 of those...hard to tell them apart!
Thanks Ravyn and Amy. And @WVduckchick
thanks for holding my hand this morning, especially after you'd just l lost yours!.
I think you can actually make a good electrolyte using sugar and salt. Good thinking!
How do you get chicks to stand still long enough to get that kind of photo?? Cute babies!
We got one more during the night. Another little dark one. So that's a total of 9 in the brooder right now, and one still rocking in the incubator. I water candled the remaining 5 eggs, and 4 were totally lifeless. But #14 set that water to rippling, so it is back in the bator. Remember early on I mentioned that a couple seemed to be a little behind in development, so I was moving them from spot to spot in the incubator. I think this might have been one of those. Eggtopsies on the others (ain't ya'll proud of me??) showed 4 dead chicks, but the only common denominator in 3 of them was that the membrane seemed pretty doggone tough. The other one must have nicked a vein because there was a lot of blood in the egg. So now we just wait for #14 to finish cooking and hope we get our tenth chick out of the 14 that went into the lockdown.
Well, we did the introductions! In the interim another baby had hatched and the last egg externally pipped. I've been debating all say whether to try and foster my baby turkey onto the hen as well. He's 10 days old but turkeys apparently mature less slowly so more like a 5-6 day old chick in temperament and size. In the end I just decided to go for it.
Initial signs were great. Mama hen just sort of purred when I put the two babies under. The little hatchling settled and was quiet immediately, the turkey cheeped a while and then went quiet. The mama didn't seem fussed at all. I checked an hour later and all was well, the three little babies including my fighter were under the breast all snuggly warm, and the turkey was at the tail end peeping out.
I'll check again before bed (10pm here already) but I am really really hoping it works out. I need to take down a chick feeder and water as the turkey poult will need to be eating and drinking....