Originally Posted by melaniekemp
Thanks you guys! At least you don't seem to think I'm a horrible willfully ignorant chicken killing monster. Haha
I mean I got these chickens because I hate the way American giant farm industry treats livestock. So I decided if I want eggs then I'll just have to do it myself. I don't necessarily disapprove of eating animals or their products. But I strongly, hardily disapprove of torture. It's so not necessary. Ugh. And Anyway now here I sit possibly slowly killing these sweet babies anyway. Makes my heart hurt. WTG me!
Please don't feel like oyu are a monster. I had a very similar experience this year and I promised my husband that I would not be buying chicks from a hatchery again. I wanted to do the same thing as you are, I have a daughter who wil not eat meat, even though she is a true carnivore, until animals are treated better. She found a baby quail one day and had to save it. I didn't know how to help it with staying warm and growing up to be a bird besides getting some chicks. We raied that quail with the chickens until she was big enough to go away, by that time my chickens had started laying. I found that my daughter started eating eggs when she could thank the chickens for laying them for her.
I became so excited that I ordered 40 more chickens so that I could raise and grow my own. Well, when they arrived, a day late, there was one in the box dead. I buried that one in the front yard (My husband laughed and told me that the scavengers would dig it up, I didn't care. We live on10 acres in the country and we are butted up to the national forest, he never had a chance) and went back to two of them like yours. I kept those two in a separate little bucket brooder I created so I could monitor tremp and dropper water to them. They did not make it, even with the sav-a-chick. I ended up losing 20 of them in the first 48 hours, I had this little mass graveyard by the end. I talked to the hatchery about this loss and they told me that when things like delays happen this type of loss is not uncommon. They sent me replacements and those are fairing quite well. I only lost 3 of the 30 they sent (they sent extras because of the loss I had suffered.) and they have deeper graves cause the ground wasn't frozen this time.
Best of luck and I hope your babies make it!!!!!