Oh I forgot I wanted to update on my silkie set. I set 24 old eggs, don't know the exact dates they were laid but at least 3-4 weeks old. 18 are developing nicely!! A couple started but quit very early. Not even a red ring but I see some red where the embryo first started but didn't continue and only 2 looked totally clear, no development. The hova bator is holding nicely. I still can't find my calibrated thermometer but I order a new glass one and it will be here Tuesday. Temps are around 99.5-100.5. And humidity holding around 40-45% with the two smallest wells filled. But it's a pain to add water under the eggs (why do all incubators have the wells underneath the flooring without an easy way to add water?) I put a shot glass in there and am topping that off daily. So much for old eggs not being viable. Now what am I going to do with them all?
Originally Posted by SlikerFarm
I am so glad I found this thread!! I am going through my first hatch - 5 guinea hens eggs. The first two hatched no problem. The next two pipped, started to zip, then stalled for hours. I couldn't help myself, I knew they needed help! Sadly the one had died, but it was malformed. The other one looked like she was malpositioned and just couldn't get traction. She's currently resting in the incubator. I'm waiting for her too dry off and the last bits to fall off. I'm praying she makes it! I felt sick to my stomach the whole time, but she kept cheeping, cheering me on!
I was feeling guilty about helping b/c of reading all the "don't touch!!" Comments. Glad to know I'm not the only one who helps!
Good job!! How's the last egg doing? You e got one more to go, right?
Originally Posted by Blooie
She has already been discharged! Can you believe it? Wednesday morning they told the kids that she'd be in the hospital for between 5-7 days. She was discharged from the hospital 48 hours to the minute! Even her doctors are amazed! There are a lot of updates and photos on this thread, starting on this page:http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/935165/raising-chickens-and-special-needs-kids/130
I didn't think it was fair to hijack a lot of other threads with updates and was too lazy to keep retyping everything so I thought I'd just post everything in one spot. Then just the people who were interested could follow along. Kendra spent the night in the hotel with Mom and Dad instead of in the hospital. They'll stay in Denver for a few more days so Kendra is close to the hospital. The kids will take her up to the urology floor daily to have her incisions checked, and then on Monday she'll have a final thorough checkup in clinic. Looks like they'll head for home on Tuesday at the earliest, most likely Wednesday. Thanks for asking!
Good news!! Yes, I'd love to read the details, thanks for the link and so happy she did so good! Can't wait to see the silkie pics!
Originally Posted by SlikerFarm
Thank you everyone! As he was drying I saw a lot of membrane was still stuck to its head and one wing, so i got as much off as I could w/a warm washcloth, then popped him back in the incubator to finish drying. He was cheeping and fighting the whole time, my little fighter!
I think one of his wings may be deformed 🙁 But since I only have arm myself, I'm rooting for my little guy!
When I've had chicks stall out they usually end up sticky. That's why all the membrane and shell was stuck to the chick. Hows your humidity been and where did you get the eggs from.
for your little guy!