My father and I are trying to raise our own little flock of chickens(around 60 laying hens) as sort of a side business selling eggs. They are going to be free range out of a chicken "tractor" that he and a neighbor built together, which is pretty much just like a gypsy wagon for chickens. So, we got together 61 eggs from our hens, friends, and relatives, knowing they all wouldnt make it and they all wouldnt be hens, and put them in the incubator. By Monday(the 21st day) we were down to 20 eggs that were presumably still alive.
Yesterday one hatched. He---or she--- hatched on his own but with the red ball of the yolk still attached to its butt. It has been shriveling up so I assume it is being absorbed. I didn't know anything about a chicken hatching prematurely I just found that answer when I looked up yolk sacs on google. My concern is that he hasn't begun walking yet and he's a day old. He can sit up and has started to lean on his feet instead of his bottom, but not for very long. He wobbles and if he goes anywhere he sort of scoots along. I read in a book today in Tractor Supply that if a chick is too hott it could interfere with his growth rate or make him pant, which he does.
Otherwise, he cheeps real good, but he just seems weak. I don't know what to do. If anyone has experienced or heard of a similar case please let me know. ESPECIALLY what temperature he needs to be kept at. ive been trying to kepp it at 95 but it's dificult. He's the only baby out of 61 that survived and I'd like to keep him alive if possible!! Thank you!!