Originally Posted by ronott1
So Sorry for your sick chicks. As I read about a sick chick here and there I can't help thinking about the good outcomes. For this hatchalong 267 people set thousands of eggs. Thousands hatched. Even with bad outcomes, I like doing hatching better than getting shipped chicks. I had a shipment with more than half of them dead. The replacement shipment had even more dead. Today when I opened up the last egg and saw the dead chick I was sad but realized that it did not even pip internally. It died late, but at least it did not freeze for days in a box sitting in a distribution center. It did not make it to me as one of the live ones, to then die two days later because it's organs were damaged.
Guys that was a lot of work trying to get them to live.
Sorry for the rant. I am not against shipping chicks in general. I just think some Hatcheries(or one it particular) don't ship properly.
I completely agree. Even with all of the heartache, I have only ever hatched my own chicks. I would rather deal with the - let's face it - extra, if not extravagant, expense of having eggs shipped to me instead of chicks because I wouldn't want to be shipped. I do find it tempting (Greenfire... ) but my husband is so against it that I'll stick to hatching.
Originally Posted by BBAcres
Help?? What should I do for the leg??
I have one that is the same and I haven't seen any improvement yet to be perfectly honest. I am still trying, though. I am making sure he gets water, feeding baby parrot food, and leaving him strapped into a cup or into a little non-movable-"walker" contraption like one found on this page, which has a lot of information to look over. When I had him under the ecoglow without a cup, he just cries and gets trampled.
Originally Posted by ronott1
My hatch was over last yesterday afternoon. The last egg was a late quitter with no internal pip. Hatched 11 out of 15 shipped eggs. Hatched 11 of 12 that went to lockdown. I knew one was a goner then, so really 12. I left the quitter in just to be sure.
They are fantastic. I love mine, too. Congratulations!!!
Originally Posted by SherrieT My hatch is over. Ending up with 14 chicks
10 EO's out of 25 eggs
1 Araucana out of 12 eggs
2 B/B/S Orps out of 14 eggs
1 BC Marans from 13 eggs
So happy with the EO rate but, wow, the others really sucked. Having to get shipped eggs can be so depressing. But I do have some incredible chicks!!!!
Congratulations on your EOs!!!
Originally Posted by rebelINny
Well I have 19 out of 24 that hatched so far with one zipping and one pipped still. I am not home but that's what hubby said. I have been in the Pediatric floor of the hospital all weekend with my 9 year old who was accidently shot with a bb gun. It went through his abdomen, then through the stomach and intestine. He had to have surgery around midnight Fri and he is recovering now and doing good. What a weekend!! Should be here a few more days. My poor boy!
That is awful! I am so glad to hear that he is doing well. I wish the best to you, your son, and your family.
Originally Posted by buckabucka
Refraining from a final count until I see if this last hatcher survives. It hatched late, and then collapsed. It is still wet in the incubator, and I can see that it is breathing, but the chick is quiet and otherwise not moving around much. I did find it in a different place tonight when I checked on it. I am mentally prepared for it to be dead in the morning, but was encouraged to read about someone who had a chick hatch and not move for a full 12 hours, and then recover.
If it makes it, I will have Basque #6!
I hope he makes it. Congratulations on EO #6!
I think I will end up with 6 as well. The one with leg issues is not improving, and the chick I found sick this morning is not improving either. Luckily, everyone else seems fine and her symptoms do not match any of the typical brooder diseases, so I think we are okay.
After I last posted, I had one more Speckled Sussex hatch for a grand total of 21 chicks out of about 45 eggs, so about 47%. Not too bad. I wish one of the Dutch Bantam eggs had hatched, but I am thrilled to have those I do.
I just posted all of the Speckled Sussex, Sussex/EEs, and a few Marans and Marans mixes for sale on Craigslist, a total of 10 chicks. I will be keeping all of the Basques that survive, 1 blue Blue Birchen Marans, 1 Brown Leghorn, and the Orpington that I can't tell from my Basques.
And I have German New Hampshire eggs arriving tomorrow.