Bad Hatch Heartbreak

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SunnyCalifornia, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Songster

    Oct 8, 2010
    Escondido CA
    I've had a really rough month. This was my first experience with eggs. I've woken up with puffy eyes too many mornings from heartbreaks. I bought 6 dzn eggs and gave them to a friend with an incubator to hatch, and 5 out of 72 hatched. [​IMG] Which while disappointing in its own right, of those five, four of them have serious issues....

    Chick #1 died 3 days later, it had legs that were so tightly contracted they wouldn't move, and it had a crooked neck and it really couldn't eat and drink on its own. I bought all the vitamins, everything I could research and find, to try to help it, but I think I might have killed it giving it water one night, with an eyedropper. The last drop came back up, and I turned the chick over, rubbed its gullet, got it back to breathing before I went to bed that night, but the next morning it was dead.

    Chick #2 had a badly crumpled foot. I made a shoe for it daily, re- wrapping and re-doing the shoe daily, to avoid circulation cut off, and to allow the foot to grow, and avoid chaffing. It got lots of vitamins, and special care, and fortunately is doing pretty good right now.

    Chick #3 also had a badly crumpled foot, and was extra small. I also made him a shoe, and cared for him the same was as the other, but as his foot began to heal, it seemed like his legs were becoming splayed. So I made him some leg hobbles to try to correct his legs. While I was at work yesterday, DH decided the water bowl was too high for him to reach, and he lowered it to ground level. The chick tumbled into the water, and drowned. [​IMG] That one was really hard to take. I felt it was totally preventable. [​IMG] It still makes me sick to think about it. [​IMG]

    Chick # 4 has had pasty butt every day so far after 2 weeks. We clean his butt 2-3x daily, trying to keep it clean, and make sure he's eating correctly, and staying warm. He's on a vitamin regimen too, but this poor chick is just constant pasty!

    and then

    Chick #5, which is the only normal one of the bunch and seems to hate me.

    I was so looking forward to having my own chicks, and the whole experience has been so discouraging.I have been dying to buy my own incubator, and start hatching eggs, but I don't think my heart can take this again. I know I should count my 3 remaining chicks as blessings... and I do.... I just can't seem to forget about all the others.
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop

    Been there, done that, got the T-shirt.

    Better luck next time, perhaps with your own incubator.
  3. nanawendy

    nanawendy Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    Bellingham Wa
    Sorry for your troubles [​IMG]
  4. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Songster

    Oct 8, 2010
    Escondido CA
    Quote:Thanks, that means a lot coming from you. Maybe I'll get up the nerve to join one of your famous "hatches" one of these days.
  5. gumbii

    gumbii Songster

    Oct 7, 2010
    bell gardens, ca
    i'm sure we all go thru a bad hatch... i just had two bad hatches in a row... sigh...

    the chick with the pasty but, you should trim all of the rear fuzz off it's but with some scissors... i had to do that to one of mine once... it just kept pasting up...

    it sounds like the temp in the incubator was fluctuating a lot, and had humidity issues... what mahonri wrote is good advice... get yourself your own incubator...

    sorry you're having such a bad time...
  6. drdoolittle

    drdoolittle Songster

    Jul 30, 2010
    NE Indiana
    So sorry for your experience. Don't give up------ask Hubby for an incubator for Mother's Day. That's what I'm planning on asking for-----that way I won't spend money on chicks next year. Hope the remaining chicks make it.
  7. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    ouch thats terrible...I had a bad hatch too:-( First one 42 eggs NOTHING!!!!! Could it be your friend kinda messed up the hatch with the temps and humidity accidently? Maybe next time you can borrow their bator-or get your own? Do a little reasearch on thier bator first to make sure you know its little tricks?? Maybe their gages need to be calibrated to make sure they are correct? Im so sorry...It is always discouraging when this happens..I've wanted to give it all up many times but...keep trying and you'll be having great hatches in no time. Start small next time to get the hang of it and build up to bigger hatches?? [​IMG]

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