Chick almost hatched...hen given up on eggs, all cold!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickncrazy, Apr 8, 2008.

  1. chickncrazy

    chickncrazy Out Of The Brooder

    Help! My silkie hen is sitting on 10 eggs. She already hatched 2 adorable chicks. Another was hatching this morning when I went out. But the mom is off the nest and all the eggs are cold! She has not seemed very interested in the eggs the last few days. I have her separated in a nesting box with the eggs and chicks, and I let her out once a day to poop and do whatever she wants. I need help with the little chick that was almost hatched! I brought it indoors and took it out of the shell. I am giving it gatorade with a syringe. It's under a lamp getting warm...it was very cold. Can it survive? It's still breathing and makes a cheep every once in a while. What else should I do? Thank you!!!!\\
     
  2. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    I've begun a new routine when it comes to broodies hatching. When it's close to time, I set up a brooder box in the house. Then, as the chicks hatch, I put them in there with the temp around 100 degrees. This way the mum will stay on her eggs until they all hatch. Often the cheeping of the hatched chicks will cause the mum to leave the eggs to care for them. Then, once all the eggs are hatched, I put mum and chicks back together.

    By the way, chicks don't need to eat or drink for 3 days after hatching because they have just absorbed the yolk of the egg with is sufficient nourishment. I'd just put your new chick in a brooder with a hot light and leave it be. The more you try to force it before the end of the 3 days, the harder it will be for the chick to do what comes naturally.

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  3. chickncrazy

    chickncrazy Out Of The Brooder

    Thank you so much! Another friend gave me the same advice. The chick is already doing better and I am keeping my fingers crossed. Thank yoU!!!
     
  4. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    I'm so glad she's doing well. Good luck with them all! I wanna see pics when they all hatch.
     

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