Chick hatching now momma bird won't sit on them Help!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by winekntrychicks, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. winekntrychicks

    winekntrychicks Pooper Peeper

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    Momma silkie has been sitting on these eggs the whole time and now it's hatching. Just broke through still trying to zip. The egg is very cold to touch as momma is up scratching with other babies. Does she know what she is doing or is she distracted. What should I do if anything?
     
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  2. nhnanna

    nhnanna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I am not an expert by any means but if you can't get her to go back and sit on it, I would take the egg and put it under a light for warmth and then give it back to her after it hatches. Good luck. Maybe someone with more experience in this will chirp in and help you more.
     
  3. winekntrychicks

    winekntrychicks Pooper Peeper

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    couldn't stand it that she was not sitting on this egg. Took away. Under light with a damp sponge over it so membrane that's exposed won't dry out! GRRRRR

    Now there are two total peeping and trying to pip. Help me Help them!
     
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  4. winekntrychicks

    winekntrychicks Pooper Peeper

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    Quote:Bump! Sorry [​IMG]
     
  5. perolane

    perolane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Unless you have an incubator, you're doing all that you can do. Keep them warm (lamp, heating pad, etc) & keep the membrane moist ( wrap the egg in a slightly damp washcloth....leave the pip hole open). Good luck & I hope it turns out well for you! [​IMG]
     
  6. kasey08

    kasey08 Aunt Kasey's Farm

    Mar 29, 2010
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    Thats really sad [​IMG] hope they live
     
  7. DaniLovesChickens

    DaniLovesChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If the chicks don't all hatch at the same time, then the momma hen can lose interest in the unhatched eggs and concern herself with taking care of the chicks. We found that out the hard way.
    It sounds like you're doing what you can though. Just try to get them out to her as soon as they hatch but make sure you keep a close eye on them. Our momma didn't want anything to do with later chicks. That's how I ended up raising a bantam chick in the house last year.
    We named her Ali. She was such a fighter! Is. She is still alive!

    Good luck![​IMG]
     
  8. perolane

    perolane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Forgot to say...if the chicks hatch, slip the babies under the hen at night when she's asleep....don't try it during the day!
     

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