Originally Posted by Pinx
As I said earlier I had 8 chicks hatch. My brooder is in our shop just outside of the part we partitioned off as the chicken coop. (The shop used to be a BBQ grill before I was born and the "coop" is the old kitchen) Anyway All of my chicks were doing great, eating drinking, walking around pecking things etc. I went next door to my mom's and about 10 minutes later my husband called and said one of the chicks was looking real bad. So I went back and he wouldn't stand up, his head was limp, and was just slowly dieing. I asked who had been watching our almost 3 year old nephew, my husband and my brother in law were in the shop the whole time so I though one of them could handle watching him. Husband claimed he was and that he was playing with checkers... The checkers weren't even a foot away from the brooder, and the light in the brooder was moved over.... just like if someone had bumped it while reaching in the brooder. Husband wouldn't tell me even if he knew he had hurt the chick because it would have been the last straw and brother in law or not he would have been told to get control of his kid and/or leave. Now I wouldn't be upset if it was an accident... but this child is a terror and finds joy in hurting animals and needs a good whoopin' for it. I've gotten to the point now that I keep all my animals away from him, I wouldn't blame them a bit if they got him though. not that I want them to but really how much can something take before they fight back? I have a dog that would bite his head of in a second if he hurt him and knowing them they would blame it all on the dog because their angel never does anything. Anyway my nephew will pick a cat up and throw it, stomp on animals, throw things at them, hit them, belly flop on to them, pick them up by their tails, picked my chihuahua up off the ground by her ears. I am about 95% sure he had a hand in my chicks demise, and is now barred from being anywhere near the chicks. I will be making a top for the brooder tomorrow that I didn't need before because I taught my kid how to treat animals (he was with me by the way). It is aggravating that my dogs (that are always by my side, a Doberman and a Boxer) go into lock down every day when his dad brings him over and doesn't watch him. My poor cats disappear when they see him coming, and my chickens aren't even safe at MY house because he won't watch his kid. Did I mention that I walked out of the shop and he was peeing on my truck?!?! Not the tires... the paint on the door and his dad thought it was the funniest thing. My mother in law said the other day "When your cat has kittens I want one for him to play with" HA! Sure thing, February 30th you can pick it up.
Sorry I guess I just needed to vent. I guess I am the only one around here besides my mom that thinks that a 3 year old being cruel on perpose is NOT an ok thing, and not something that they will "grow out of" if not dealt with. My husband says "He doesn't mean to" "It was an accident" "He was just trying to play with it". Ok I have to stop before I write a novel.
Oh no! I'm so sorry about your chick!!! Before going back to college I ran a daycare out of my home for years and I cared for many three year olds in that time. A three year old wanting to hurt animals is not normal behavior. Before the age of three children don't seem to understand that baby animals are living things but by three they start to have a reverence for life. They are awed and delighted when seeing baby animals, well most any animal really. They often don't have the skills to hold the animal correctly yet (so no leaving 3 year olds alone with animals) but they certainly don't go out of their way to harm them.
A parent not acknowledging that their child needs help may be normal but if they really love him they will get that child some help soon! They are setting him up for a miserable life (for himself and others he comes into contact with) if they don't deal with the reasons behind the violent behavior soon! Sticking their heads in the sand isn't doing that child any favors. In fact quite the opposite! It sounds like there is a lot of family drama that may be affecting the child a lot more negatively than they realize and a stable home life would be much more helpful than an ultra permissive one.
Maybe your husband could lovingly talk to his brother about getting some family counseling. I don't normally suggest anything like this and I usually hate it when folks butt in when they have little knowledge of a situation but I do know what is normal behavior for a 3 year old and that isn't it. I worry about where this may escalate to if it is not dealt with soon. And I do believe that this "acting out" is a cry for help that the Father is ignoring! Real love means making tough decisions and doing things we don't want to do when we know it's the best thing for our child!
Originally Posted by hennypenny99
I candled last night and I am so glad I did! I thought out of the 42 I had set that I only had about 2 that made it. They were shipped eggs and about 8 were broke when they arrived and another 20 or so were scrambled (must have had a hard time in shipping). Then I had a temperature glitch. My thermometer was reading 2 degrees lower than it actually was. :( The good news is that when I candled I could see that more than 2 made it. I feel really good about at least 7 of them. So I have uppped the humidity and will be patiently waiting.
I do have one question though..... The air cells are big.... and they dip in at one spot... They are perfectly even all the way around but at one spot they dip down about 1/2 an inch. When I turn them to the side and shine the light into the dark chick part of the egg I can see veins and they are red so I think they are alive. Do big air cells mean my humidity was too low?
Many folks believe a large air cell is desirable. The chick doesn't develop quite so fast therefore the chick is not too big to turn in the shell, making it much easier for the chick to pip and zip. At this stage a dip in the air sac is not a huge deal either. Good luck on your hatch!
Originally Posted by Papa Brooder
Just checking the bator when I awoke. There's a little progress from one of my low SFH, seems to be doing OK. The other has a little bit of blood and the pipped area hasn't changed much. Keep hoping. However, lots more pips: 6 ameraucanas, 3 silver hamburgs, 3 BLR wyandottes, maybe one more cream legbar, but no more of my 9 remaining SFH eggs. Kids are excited and the bator keeps getting untimely jolts as they scramble over each to see the chicks. cute though and fun.
Amazing, considering the fact that you thought you'd lost them all!
Originally Posted by ambrosia
Regarding naughty three year old....
My niece came to visit last summer, and she attempted to drown a kitten in the dog waterer (five gallon bucket)...! I caught her and she ran away from me, knowing it was a bad thing she was doing. Her mother wasn't watching her, and didn't see the implications in what her daughter was doing! I put her in time out and for the rest of her visit she was not allowed to hold the poor kitten that I did manage to resuscitate. The mother was angry at me for the rest of the visit, saying that her daughter was just being normal...?!?!
Children showing a lack of empathy and care for small animals should be cause for concern... just saying...
Originally Posted by hennypenny99
Has anyone made an incubator out of a styrofoam cooler? I tried to make one last night because I thought it might be nice for hatching only when I have staggered hatches. I have a couple of eggs that are a few days behind the others. What I did was cut the top off and install a 5x7 picture frame glass for a viewing window then I cut a hole for an extention cord to go inside and plugged into the extension cord is a light bulb adapter and I put a 25 watt bulb in there. I cut holes in the sides for air and I am running about 105 on temperature. So I cut a few more air holes and it didnt cool down. I probably need a smaller bulb but they don't sell any lower wattage bulbs than 25 that will fit in a standard light socket. I thought about getting a night light but it says no larger than 4 watts....
Oh and I am so excited to be seeing hatching chick pictures. This is my favorite part!!!
A thermostat is needed to keep any bator at the precise temps they need to be at to hatch chicks. My first bator was homemade and I got a 70% hatch rate in that bator but I learned the value of a thermostat from that experience too. I was using a meat thermometer and lifting the lid every time the alarm went off telling me the "meat/oven" had reached the preset temp. I set the alarm to go off at 103 degrees so that I could lift the lid and let some hot air escape. No I'm not kidding. This was how I regulated the temps in that thing.
Anyway as good as I got at carrying that bator to work and back (I was teaching science at the time to 4-6th graders) and lifting that lid with my toe during the night without having to rouse myself completely from sleep, it got old fast. Very fast! It's a miracle my husband didn't kick me out of the bedroom during that 21 days. My point is... get a thermostat, a good one.
Edited by SunnyDawn - 4/5/12 at 8:53am