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We did intervene with the second pipped  egg and we have a little chick!  Looks like a splash - She or he is under the brooder lamp now and seems very healthy so far.  Definalty vocal - which is sad because I know she is calling for Momma.  Hoping at least one more egg hatches succesfully so she has a friend.

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Breeding: Silkies - LF Cochins - Pure Ameraucanas - BBS and W/BW - Heritage Delawares - Black Copper Marans - OliveEggers - EasterEggers - Super Blues In the Hutches: Silver Fox - Creme d Argents -...

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State of Maine Independent Poultry Inspector (NPIP Tester) -  Member Central Maine Bird Fanciers and Northern New England Bird Fanciers Clubs

Breeding: Silkies - LF Cochins - Pure Ameraucanas - BBS and W/BW - Heritage Delawares - Black Copper Marans - OliveEggers - EasterEggers - Super Blues In the Hutches: Silver Fox - Creme d Argents -...

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here is my theory on silkies that don't hatch. the vaulted skull may cause the chick to get head trauma when hatching  and they die. most of the ones i have lost have been vaulted skulls and that just is not what mother nature's ideal chicken looks like. it's a weakness in the animal world and it's survival of the fittest

Hoppy - I think you are right and I would have probably never thought of that.  Do you mind sharing your thoughs on intervention -I am in the thick of it so any and all experience is appreciated.  At this time having lost what seemed like a very healthy strong little chick trying to get out and having helped on a little one this morning that is now fine and under heat lamp - I am inclined to think I should intervene if my gut tells me to.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/clover-run-swap-page

State of Maine Independent Poultry Inspector (NPIP Tester) -  Member Central Maine Bird Fanciers and Northern New England Bird Fanciers Clubs

Breeding: Silkies - LF Cochins - Pure Ameraucanas - BBS and W/BW - Heritage Delawares - Black Copper Marans - OliveEggers - EasterEggers - Super Blues In the Hutches: Silver Fox - Creme d Argents -...

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http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/clover-run-swap-page

State of Maine Independent Poultry Inspector (NPIP Tester) -  Member Central Maine Bird Fanciers and Northern New England Bird Fanciers Clubs

Breeding: Silkies - LF Cochins - Pure Ameraucanas - BBS and W/BW - Heritage Delawares - Black Copper Marans - OliveEggers - EasterEggers - Super Blues In the Hutches: Silver Fox - Creme d Argents -...

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post #5343 of 14733

The way I see it is if your gut is telling you to help then help. If doing nothing means certain death and helping means a chance at survival then I would help. If need be the chick can be culled later on down the road if there is something wrong. With that said I would still let the chicks make an attempt to hatch out on their own first. And sometimes no matter what we do they just don't make it.

Sinipso Croft: Home to 2 Pyrs, a Pit Bull, a Norwegian Elkhound, a Potcake, 3 cats, 2 Icelandics, a Mustang, an African Grey (and friends), plus the chickens and ducks!!!!

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Sinipso Croft: Home to 2 Pyrs, a Pit Bull, a Norwegian Elkhound, a Potcake, 3 cats, 2 Icelandics, a Mustang, an African Grey (and friends), plus the chickens and ducks!!!!

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thought I would share- a few of  the chickens hanging with the dog.....they follow him around sometimes when I'm not outside...

 

he caught a rabbit out back the other day ( whoooole other story...) and when he laid down with it ( before I buried it!) they call ran over to check it out.....it was quite the sight....

 

 

 

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Kelly

 

 

 

http://myhomeinmaine.blogspot.com/

 ( little stories about my life in Maine)

 

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I agree with widget. 

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Originally Posted by Clover Run View Post

Hoppy - I think you are right and I would have probably never thought of that.  Do you mind sharing your thoughs on intervention -I am in the thick of it so any and all experience is appreciated.  At this time having lost what seemed like a very healthy strong little chick trying to get out and having helped on a little one this morning that is now fine and under heat lamp - I am inclined to think I should intervene if my gut tells me to.

If you love your chicken, thank a breeder. NPIP tested

 

visit the Maine Chicken Stocks swaps and shows thread to see what's going on in your part of Maine

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/maine-chicken-swaps-stocks-and-shows-2014

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If you love your chicken, thank a breeder. NPIP tested

 

visit the Maine Chicken Stocks swaps and shows thread to see what's going on in your part of Maine

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/maine-chicken-swaps-stocks-and-shows-2014

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Hoppy I am sorry about your grey :( to be honest, we had a budgie when I was a kid (I know they are a far cry from large parrots) and that was my only experience with birds. I never thought I would like them around after that. Now, having had my chickens I can totally understand how one would become attached to such a long time companion!

 

Welcome Keric! I am in Cumberland :)

 

 

I saw this on CL just now if anyone wants to give a stray rooster a home. Poor guy:

 

http://maine.craigslist.org/zip/3474497195.html

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Need some help from my chicken buddies. Somethings (2 atleast) very large got into our coop and devoured our chickens (they looked very wolf/coyote like). I have 6 of my 15 left. One of them has a wound on her back between her wings (it would be like her shoulder blades if she were a person). I have her isolated and in the house. I put neosporin (the only thing I have on hand) on her wound and have her in a small container with access to water and staying warm. Anything else I can do for her? Anyways you can suggest to ward off these predators again in the future? Advice at all on how to handle a situation like this?

 

I am so upset right now. I have the friendliest, happiest flock of chickens. My poor babies!

Anna, momma to 4 girls, 2 dogs (gsd and a newfie), a cratchety old lovebird, a sugarglider, and a soon to be expanding flock of chickens. And wife to one amazing man!

 

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Anna, momma to 4 girls, 2 dogs (gsd and a newfie), a cratchety old lovebird, a sugarglider, and a soon to be expanding flock of chickens. And wife to one amazing man!

 

tastefullysimple.com/web/akeeney

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/annabananaandfamilys-swap-page my swap page

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Certainly sounds like coyotes or coydogs. Not sure what your set-up looks like so hard to say how to prevent further carnage. I know putting a chain link dog kennel fence around my chickens helped with the fox issue. Other than that I would say a LGD (livestock guardian dog) or perhaps a donkey or llama if you want to get creative. All three are used to protect sheep, goats and alpacas from the larger predators.

Sinipso Croft: Home to 2 Pyrs, a Pit Bull, a Norwegian Elkhound, a Potcake, 3 cats, 2 Icelandics, a Mustang, an African Grey (and friends), plus the chickens and ducks!!!!

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Sinipso Croft: Home to 2 Pyrs, a Pit Bull, a Norwegian Elkhound, a Potcake, 3 cats, 2 Icelandics, a Mustang, an African Grey (and friends), plus the chickens and ducks!!!!

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We have 10 acres, probably a little more than 1/2 is pasture and the rest is wooded. The funny thing is that on this property our land backs up to another parcel about the same size on the road that runs parallel to ours. In the old property we had 8 acres, most of it wooded, which backed up to 100(ish) acres of protected tree growth. There we lost maybe 2 chickens to predators, once a hawk and another I to something smaller. Here we have lost several to hawks and now this tonight. We free range our birds during the day and I close them up at night. I don't usually close them up until 7 or so each evening. Clearly that wont work for us anymore. I really dont want to pen them up, but if thats the only way to keep them safe then I absolutely will. I have always liked the idea of having a guard animal of some sort, I just have no experience with that sort of thing. Up until the chickens, every animal I have ever kept has been for companionship only. Someday, when I finally get my husband to give in, I would like to have a few alpacas and a guard llama for them....but thats a whole other story. Right now I am seriously mulling over the idea of adding a LGD of some sort, even if just for the simple fact that we all play out there and something dragged off my roo that was the same size as my youngest daughter. That worries me. 

Anna, momma to 4 girls, 2 dogs (gsd and a newfie), a cratchety old lovebird, a sugarglider, and a soon to be expanding flock of chickens. And wife to one amazing man!

 

tastefullysimple.com/web/akeeney

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/annabananaandfamilys-swap-page my swap page

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Anna, momma to 4 girls, 2 dogs (gsd and a newfie), a cratchety old lovebird, a sugarglider, and a soon to be expanding flock of chickens. And wife to one amazing man!

 

tastefullysimple.com/web/akeeney

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/annabananaandfamilys-swap-page my swap page

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Forgot to add, the hen that has the wound seems to be resting comfortably enough  so far. I know its only been a couple of hours, but I am keeping ym fingers crossed for this lady!

Anna, momma to 4 girls, 2 dogs (gsd and a newfie), a cratchety old lovebird, a sugarglider, and a soon to be expanding flock of chickens. And wife to one amazing man!

 

tastefullysimple.com/web/akeeney

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/annabananaandfamilys-swap-page my swap page

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Anna, momma to 4 girls, 2 dogs (gsd and a newfie), a cratchety old lovebird, a sugarglider, and a soon to be expanding flock of chickens. And wife to one amazing man!

 

tastefullysimple.com/web/akeeney

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/annabananaandfamilys-swap-page my swap page

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