In the Brooder
- Mar 29, 2017
I am hoping someone can give me some advice on a situation I have currently. I have three broody Silky Chickens who are just shy of a year old. Out of 11 eggs one has already hatched and beenMoved to my bathroom. The other two in that grouping didn’t hatch after 28 days. Initially I brought one of the three moms in with the new baby. Then I noticed that one of the moms had a funny growth on her cheek which has turned out to be Fowl pox... she’s been separated from the rest of the flock. The other two are still up in the same nest box sitting on the rest of the eggs that have been growing. There are five that were still viable as of yesterday when I went up to candle them. I noticed this morning that one of those Broodys has a spot starting on her cheek/mouth too. My instinct was to buy an incubator- thank you amazon for same day shipping. My plan was to move the eggs into an incubator to finish out their hatch. I don’t know if there are “rules” on how to safely move the eggs. I don’t believe the hens were infected when the eggs were laid. The small pox has come up just in the last week. The first cycle of eggs were laid the last week of September, Then the following two weeks after. I can’t find anything in these forums specific to my predicament- hoping and praying for some sage advice. As for the infected ones I’ve already started them on some rooster booster. I have vetRx if the one hen starts seeming as though she’s having trouble breathing. I’ve read to pick off the scabs but am afraid of hurting her...?