Well, a chick poked a hole in one egg. What do I do now?
Bunch of eggs, overwhelmed and no clue - Page 6
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Edited by Pixijayne - 4/13/16 at 4:25am
A brooder is the nursery ... where chicks live for the first month or so .... how long since it hatched ... they usually like to eat an drink when they can walk about. Though they can go for a few days with nothing to eat or drink but mine always are happy to start as soon as they are walking about. You may need to do some research on what is next ....
No, I don't have a broody. None are hatching yet, but they might. All the eggs are different ages. This one hatched a couple hours ago.
So now I need another box with a light in it?
One site said to keep the temp 90-95 and decrease it 5 degrees every week until it's 70. I noticed at 95 the chick seemed to shiver, so I'm keeping it around 100. It likes sleeping and scooting around and at one point even tried to climb back in its shell.
So far it seems the incubator is the best place to be for the warmth. I doubt a light shining down will keep it as warm, but I'll work on something.
Does it need company? Should I put an stuffed animal or something in with it?
What about food? What should it eat? I have a big bag of poultry pellets I've been feeding the adults.
Is wood chips ok for bedding? Would pine needles be better?
Thanks for the help. I didn't get much sleep last night since it started this at 2am. I was starting to think the whole thing was a waste of time since I had already thrown out 6 or 7 eggs that started rotting. I never expected this and when I first heard the chirping, I was thinking a cat had kittens or a rodent or something was making the noise. That's how likely I thought my success would be lol
Edited by Pixijayne - 4/13/16 at 2:49pm