Originally Posted by sharol
I have a chick in trouble. She pipped and zipped last evening, and this morning there had been no further progress. The eggs was completely zipped, so I picked it up out of the cut out carton I'm using for hatch, and it was rigid. Usually a pipped egg is, for want of a better word, soft, what with the shell being fully zipped. I tried to take off the top part (gently) and it wouldn't move at all, so I started picking at the shell. No blood. The chick was stuck to the bigger part of the shell around her face and wing. The rest of the shell came off fairly easily, but some of the membrane is still stuck to one side of her face covering an eye. I've tried water and picking gently at it, but I'm afraid I'll hurt her if I mess with it too much where it is over the eye.
In addition, one wing was glued down with the membrane -- I think I got that part unstuck.
Of course this is the day I have to leave at 10 to take a friend to KC for chemo, so I'll be gone until around 6.
On the up side, I have 6 in the brooder (one appears to be some sort of mottle orp (mottle mom, Jubilee dad) and lots of little blue and black Breda fowl, and 3 more pipped. All the others have hatched fine and fluffed up with no problems, so I don't think it is a problem with the incubator or the hatch. Just with that one poor little black Breda chick.
Any quick suggestions I should implement before I leave at 10? poly vi sol? vitamin e? I hate to do anything for fear of making it worse.
Sometimes they just get a little too dry and stuff like that happens. I usually just pull off the stuck parts. You loose a little fuzz but I've never injured a chicks that way. I have had a couple of really sticky ones that I washed in warm water then dried with the hair dryer and put back in the incubator to warm back up.
Originally Posted by JiltdRoyalty
Good Morning, Kansans!
Looks like a good day to be working on the new coop! If I can figure out the problem with my app not posting pictures, I'll post some this evening.
Trish, I've gotten a few leads from the Facebook page. Looks like I'll either have to go into Hutchensen or McPherson. A couple people have offered to walk me through it, but I think I'm gonna wait till my next batch.
Have a great day everyone! Chad
Butchering is easy once you learn the tricks. Too bad you are so far away. I have several I need to do and I could let you learn by hands on while teaching you.
@sharol came and did that and now I think she has all the confidence in the world.
Originally Posted by Dani4Hedgies
Can't wait for Sunday when I get to pick up my new chicks....no worries pics will be posted as these are all breeds I have never had as chicks so will want to know what I have ans of course share the fluffy goodness that is new chicks
What are you getting now?
@Trish44 I really enjoyed raising hogs back years ago. We started with some feeder pigs that were gilts and bought a boar and then bred and raised the piglets. I also had a couple of pigs I raised that followed me around the yard like dogs.
I'm angry this morning. I got a call from the post office my chicks had arrived and they were all dead. The dumb... that shipped them put gro gel in that was mostly water and it had spilled all over the chicks and they were soaked. He was supposed to add a heat pack but it was ice cold and obviously not one rated for more than a few hours. I hate seeing unnecessary life lost because someone doesn't care enough to pack chicks safely. That bothers me a lot more than loosing the money.