I know there are a plethora of stories that are similar to this one. And I know there are definitely some strong opinions on weather you should or should not, and when or when not to do one thing or another. Everyone has their methods and that's just cool. Here is how we do things at our little itty bitty teeny tiny farm.
First, some back story: our incubators are not in the same place we had them set up for hatching in the past. As much as we acknowledge this, there is truly no other place we can set them up this year -so we are taking the punches as they come, and dealing with sub-par hatch rates this year. It's one of those years where ya just gotta make lemonade and keep your thirst licked enough to move along.
The issue we are dealing with is temperature control- temps are spiking fairly high. However, we are aware of the trouble, and we have been keeping a keen eye on the temps. The hatch rates are small, but we are pretty much just looking to raise enough new babies to replace the older hens that will be retired later this year.
So that leads us to our little adventure these last few days. Our most recent hatch gave us 6 new chicks. I had to cull one due to a horrible umbilical hernia that ruptured once we moved it to the brooder. That left us with 4 newbies. I know, the math is off by a count of 1. That baby has had a real hard start in the circle of life. It was the 2nd egg to pip. Sadly we noticed that as the chick zipped the shell, it yolked. That's what we call it when the baby tries to hatch too soon; before it has absorbed it's egg yolk while still in the egg. As you can expect, the remaining yolk spilled out into the incubator. I had pretty much written that one off the slate at that point. As the hatch progressed, it's brood mates pipped, zipped, and hatched out just fine. We let a couple days go by and once we were certain no other pips were found, we moved the chicks to their brooder. We noticed that the yolker was still alive! And what a voice it had. It wasn't a distress call either. It was the sound of an excited and health chick. I picked up the egg and found that it had about 60% of the shell zipped, but the yolk had dried and super glued the lil one to it's shell. Since the hatch was otherwise over, we decided to give this little one a helping hand. My better half recorded the process -for as long as the battery in the gizmo would cooperate at least. I'll post the youtube link below. We will also post an updated video sometime soon as well. It's a 3 parter, the lighting is horrible, and the video quality is not high-def. And I mumble. A lot. heh. But there's some comedy at my own expense, and some good ol chick-cuteness-overdose to be had.
The new chick has a strong will survive & thrive. She's an adorable copy cat, doing anything she sees another chick do. Eat, drink, stretch/preen, etc.
*we are looking to name the lil one, ( NOT lucky- or miracle -ugh...no. just...no) Slick, and Echo have been mentioned so far