OK nurse Danz, I need your advice about a chick. I got new chicks in a couple days ago from the hatchery & then more yesterday from the CO-OP. They seemed fine last night when I came in, but this morning I went out & there was one little Speckled Sussex sitting in the middle of the brooder by herself. I picked her up & she is pretty limp, she will hold her head up once in awhile, but is not doing well. There is no pasty butt or any signs of illness otherwise. I brought her in & put her in the hatcher to warm her up & mixed up some of those chick electrolytes & gave her some in a syringe. Is there anything else I need to be doing? I don't know if she is just a failure to thrive chick or what is going on, all the rest of the chicks I got from there seem fine, running around eating, drinking, & pooping. I hate to lose her, but I don't know what else to do.
Also, I need advice for those of you with GQF cabinet incubators. I got mine all set up last night & running. How much water do you put in the tray for incubating? I just guessed at it & the humidity is higher than I would like for incubation. Do I just keep taking some out until I get it where I want it? How do you know how much it takes? I know also that when I put eggs in it will change again. What do you all use for hatching trays? I'm not happy with a cardboard hatching tray so I want to find something else to use rather than that. I was thinking some kind of plastic containers. I probably will for the most part just use my hovabator for hatching because it works so well & because on this batch of eggs I'm putting in there are so many different hatch dates. This is just a mishmash of eggs that I had waiting to go in & I had to get them in before they went bad. I got more then after that so they went in.
Hawkeye, don't beat yourself up over the egg. I know you're upset with yourself, but you're not the only one who has done that. I bought Welsummer eggs on eBay awhile back & I didn't do it while I was unpacking, but I was candling them one day & just dropped an egg & splattered it all over the place. I was upset about it, but at that point there isn't much to do but clean it up. I tried the scotch tape on another egg that got cracked, but it ended up going bad in the incubator & stinking, so I had to throw it away. That was one of the few I've lost so far after incubating for awhile, It rolled onto another egg.
Yes, I agree with you all, we need to find a soap opera name for this thread. I have to have my fix every day just as much as I do the one I watch on TV daily. We sure do have our dramas don't we.
I was exhausted last night after all of the running here & there to pick up chicks & get them where they needed to be then coming back here & moving furniture all around to find a good spot for my new incubator. I had my DH help me get things set up on it last night, I kind of figured if I had him help I might get him interested in it all since he likes electronic things. He is interested in the hatching & all, he just doesn't want me to know how much. He left about noon today to go to OKC for his marathon down there tomorrow. He was still a little upset with me for not going, but I think he finally understood better this morning after seeing the sick chick & me giving it liquid from a syringe.