Chick in a cup... unintentionally ??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by iluvsedward, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. iluvsedward

    iluvsedward Crowing

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    WELL ladies and gentlemen. Im going to tell you a story. Tonight i went to lock up my chickens in the pouring rain. After doing so and getting soaked, i noticed one of the eggs from my broody call duck rolled out from under her so i went to check it out. The egg was cold and broken nearly in half and I immediately took it out of the cage and put it on the ground. Then I rearranged her nest a little more securely and stopped to open the egg and see what i had lost. WELL. It was NOT lost. I carefully opened the egg a little bit and got very sad when i saw the baby duck MOVE! I knew it would surely die and i didnt know what to do with it. So, me being me, thought to myself, “well i cant just leave it on the ground in the cold rain to die slowly! At least let me take it inside and warm it.” WELL. Upon closer inspection i saw that the membrane for the egg had completely separated from the egg in one piece.... no broken veins, just a living duckling in a little amniotic sac. So now my heart is beating faster and im laughing at my overly-compassionate self for trying to save this little duck that is destined to die, but i couldnt help myself. I couldnt just give up without TRYING. So i delicately slid the little sac into a plastic bag, and ran it under warm water. The duckling began to move more. Im in full panic and excitement mode, this might actually work...then i slid it from the bag to a plastic-wrap hammock pictured below. Its being held by a wine glass filled with warm water, and has some more plastic wrap as a lid. I fired up my 2010 hovabator and now i have a chick in a cup in an incubator and im 100% sure its gonna die but also so interested to see if maybe.... just maybe.... it might live.

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  2. Criticalicious

    Criticalicious Songster

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    Can it get air? Because without air it will die from asphyxiation
     
  3. iluvsedward

    iluvsedward Crowing

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    The “lid” if you will is not on securely so there’s gaps for oxygen. Im by no means a scientist nor did i set out to do this, so please excuse the lack of special equipment and what not :oops:
     
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  4. Norcal527

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    There was a guy on here who used to try to hatch chicks in plastic bags. I think he got pretty far with a few of them. Agree with above poster about making sure there is ventilation as egg shells are porous and allow gas exchange. Good luck I hope it makes it!
     
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  5. iluvsedward

    iluvsedward Crowing

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    Thank you! I remember that and have seen people do this before but never followed it to closely. I was trying to act fast and do what i could in the situation to give it the best chance, and i wont be too disappointed if it doesnt make it. I would be expecting it almost.
     
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  6. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    How long did it have before it was due to hatch?
    I think you've gone way above and beyond and I hope it works out for you and the little duckling.
     
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  7. 21hens-incharge

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    If it makes it all the way it's name should be Miracle.
     
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  8. Cryss

    Cryss Free Ranging

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    Omg. Bless you for your compassionate heart. I have just now prayed for you and the chick. It's in His hands. Either way you are being blessed.
     
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  9. iluvsedward

    iluvsedward Crowing

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    I have no idea, it looks to be around 2 weeks i think, and call ducks are like 26 days

    If it makes it all the way im quitting my job and becoming a scientist :lau
     
  10. iluvsedward

    iluvsedward Crowing

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    You are too sweet!! I just got back from church too :hugs
     
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