I am so glad I found this group! I found so much helpful information while troubleshooting a hatch, so afterwards I just had to join to meet everyone!
I actually don't have any chickens of my own at the moment. We've had them for the last 2 years but before winter hit I decided to give my small chicken tractor to my grandma, and send my hens up to my mom who lost her own flock to raccoons. Our small coop just didn't do well during the Iowa winters ( I actually brought my chickens in the house to save them in the dead of winter :lol: ) and my hens were refusing to roost in there. They were trying to roost on my front porch and as much as I love my hens, I didn't love walking through chicken poop every time I came in the door! So when spring hits I plan on building a real coop and getting some more chicks and starting from scratch!
Right now I'm hatching out some chicks for my grandma while she's on vacation, which is where I ran into problems. I've never hatched out eggs before, but it has definitely been a learning experience! And I love it! I want to hatch out babies all the time! I had one chick that seemed fine after hatching. After drying out in the incubator, I moved him over to the brooder but he went downhill. The other chicks were stepping all over him and he just laid there. So I moved him back into the incubator so he had a safe warm place. He didn't move for 2-3 days. He was still breathing and flinched every time I opened up the incubator but that was it. I thought he was probably a goner :(
Then I had an egg that was cheeping and moving way after the others had hatched. It didn't get any pipping until a full 48 hours after the others had hatched. I waited and waited and it wasn't making any progress. I was worried because I had opened the incubator a few times to check on the other chick that was in there. Finally after a whole day of waiting I decided to help it hatch. I found so much help on here! It had membrane dried and stuck to its eye and the side of its face like super glue so it couldn't move. I was successful and the chick was alive and out of the shell!
The next morning when I went to get out the late hatch chick, I saw not 1 but 2 chicks hopping around in the incubator!!! I was ecstatic and actually shocked! I'm so glad they both pulled through. They had to go in their own brooder since they are so far behind the other chicks now and one has some curled toes but I've used a bandaid to fix that and we're good to go!
If it weren't for this group, I know they wouldn't be doing as well as they are now! Thanks guys!
Edited by abileneiniowa - 3/2/16 at 8:04am