cold abandoned eggs trying to hatch!!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BethanyS, Aug 8, 2014.

  1. BethanyS

    BethanyS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good grief I'm kinda in a pickle our broody hen(first time mom.we found her sitting after vacation so just left her after candeling eggs and seeing veins ) ended up with extra eggs under her here and there and after 2 hatched We had to remove the chicks so she would sit on the others.I had been away and had no idea how old each egg was.....Well I noticed her in the yard more and more and several cold nights past.After almost week I finally brought the eggs in(to toss out assuming they had died).She hadn't even been sitting on them at night I had put my hand on them many times and they were cold.so they were in a bucket by the door for 24hours and I heard a weak peep!The baby only peeped a few times even after putting a wet cloth around the egg and putting it under a brooder light it was almost lifeless.I've helped the little peepers out sence I was pretty sure she couldn't on her own.....she is so week.Now I have it with the eggs in the brooder with a few pans of water.wondering what to do now?!?! We have never hatched chicks no incubator...advice??
     
  2. rarebirds

    rarebirds New Egg

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    I found the same thing with my guineas. The hen must have gotten scared off her nest or left it to go forage with the ones that hatched. I was going to throw away the eggs, but brought them into the house overnight. One egg had opened all around, and that one hatched. I decided to candle the rest before discarding them and heard a second one give a peep. I'm trying to hatch it now. I don't know the temperature to keep it on. If you know, please reply.
     
  3. BethanyS

    BethanyS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Around 99degrees for chickens anything over103 or under 97 is harmful.humidity is needed or they can dry stuck in the egg
     
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  4. BethanyS

    BethanyS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm assuming the babies are already struggling I've given the first a few drops of brown sugar water but it still can't lift its little head
     

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