Abandoned clutch, one survivor so far.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by scaredmommahen, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. scaredmommahen

    scaredmommahen New Egg

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    Yesterday my fist time mother abandoned her nest after two hatched. I moved her as well as eggs and two (2day) olds to a safe
    enviroment. She intially sat on eggs and her brood but hours later pushed eggs out along with new hatchling that perished. Upon finding this I gathered eggs and put them under a light due to the cold weather and much to my surprise I have a new hatchling. She seems to be getting stronger and has left the shell entirely. My concerns are do I place this chick back with mother, which is not the one who sat on her or do I keep her seperate until I introduce them all back into the hen house in 6 weeks or so? Do I seperate the other two and keep the babies all togather? Please any advised would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Davian

    Davian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd just raise all 3 babies together and introduce them when they're big enough...
     
  3. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

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    Depends on how much of a gambler you are. Sometimes they get scared and panic and run. Sometimes they hatch and kill them.
    You can put the baby back under her and see what happens. She may take the baby,or you can brood the baby yourself. May live, may die. Good luck!
     
  4. scaredmommahen

    scaredmommahen New Egg

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    Thank you for your advise. My question being is.. how traumatic will it be to the hen if I decided to brood all three. This chick fought
    so hard to survive and is so stinking cute I would be crushed if I turned over to the momma and it didn"t go well. The survivor is defintely not her offspring would this matter in the introduction to the hen?
     
  5. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

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    If she abandoned it, I don't think you'll be hurting her feelings.
     

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