That's a very good point, I didn't think to check dates!
Where I normally buy, they're stocked weekly, don't sit long. At this place, they go to the back and bring whatever bag was on top. You know.
I'm going to the next town over tomorrow. Hopefully I'll find clean feed there.
Normally, I'd agree with you 100%
Didn't think any were alive.
-***but..... this was days past hatching date, after catastrophic incubator failure, where they were cold for unknown hours(days? The alarm didn't sound)......***
I've never water candled before, but never had call to.
They're only 4 and 1 days old... temp at that age is 90-95... I move it back every week till they're feathered.
*I think the ones I helped hatch are just too weak... or caught something in the hours it took to get them hatched. They were in and out , wetted down several times, after who...
I'm using a weather thermometer to measure heat/ humidity. Same one I double check incubator levels with.
Currently reads 93*, 54%.
I thought of that, but they're evenly dispersed, running around. Room to move further from the heat lamp or closer to. Water is room temp.
This is how I know...
Got my usual feed for the flock and chicks.
the chick feed is kept in the house next to the brooder and bater, so you can imagine my horror when I pulled my arm out of the bag covered in grain mites.
Let's skip the screaming, bleaching, heeby jeeby frenzy and go straight to the point:
I'm sorry to hear that....
I just got 5 Hatched that way. My bater quit mid hatch. (But that's another post) 15 didn't survive the cold, but I got 5 out.
Side note.... no matter how many times you've done it, no matter how sure you are that the navel is closed, no matter how long you have...
WELL! Had no progress with the initial pip, a second pipped backwards and no progress this morning, and a third just pipped the shell!
I'm confident in my skills to get them out safely, the first had the membrane glued to its beak. The second just can't move to zip. The third I'm leaving...
Lay year in NEO I got $15 reach for 4 month old pullets, barred rock or RIR.
This year, I haven't had a bite on any of them, took them to the sale in Inola sold 3 12 wk old roos and 3 pullets for $22. Total.
Normally I don't sell them under 12 weeks, but $5 each for young ones and at least...
They poop out for a long time after hatch. And frequently.
Like little energizer bunnies that run on a winder instead of batteries.
-let it be. Wouldn't worry unless it's been hours.
Yup. That. I've had eggs hatch that were the oldest of a 17 day gather, while some that were only 2 days old quit early.
I think a lot of it is how they're stored (though a broody hen in August doesn't maintain a cool temp) and even genetics, as well as just the individual egg.
I water candled them again. 14 dead still, 6 wobbles, with 1 peeping.
Lockdown, phase 2.
Little guy from op I think is coming out of it. Kinda acts brain damaged.
Was definitely weak, got some B complex in him and a bit more food and water. He plops flat on his side and sleeps a lot...
Leave as much shell on it as possible. You'll have to babysit to keep membranes moist. But don't mess with him too much. Just keep an eye on it.
The idea is to keep him contained until he struggles enough to absorb the yolk and close the navel, which means confining him to a space as small...
I ordered a second incubator. Guy took money and split. A fact we didn't realize until 4 days past the promised delivery date.
A date which I'd carefully scheduled to have my 15 day set and my 10 day set and my new set organized in perfect synchronicity to begin hatching in the old one and...
You guys are awesome. I made it through 600 pages of the one that shall not be named but involves a personal ad from a Vietnamese shop worker and a lady in TX..... (before I skipped to the linked pages)
No way was I going to try and read the whole squatch thread. Lol
I can't think what else to keep him upright since he won't stand for immobilization anymore! He doesn't know how to work his legs yet lol
Normally I don't, it really almost never works out well, and often we do more harm trying to do good. Could tell you about a cow called Momma, but this...
You guys gotta see this...So this chick could not push out of the shell. Had zipped 90% for 2 days and just stopped. I helped him out, keeping him damp, breaking the rest of the way and keeping him moving until the yolk was absorbed and he pushed the final bit by himself(herself? ). It broke...
Chick zipped 90% for over 24 hours. Finally helped a bit, still couldn't push out. Yolk well absorbed, pulled shell open, still couldn't push.
Got him/ her out, belly down to rest.
Left leg won't straighten.
Got him in a chair with vetwrap, but it's not helping.
I don't think it's a...