Did I do the right thing?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Corey NC, Oct 26, 2007.

  1. Corey NC

    Corey NC Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    North Carolina
    I had to help the Brahma/orp egg it has been piped for over 21 hours and it hadn't progressed (or attempted to) in the past two hours. The membrane had sarted to dry and "shrink-wrap" the chick and I knew it was time to intervene. I slowly chipped away the egg and pulled away the membrane till it was completly out of the egg. Now it is just sitting in the bator all curled up and not moving much. And on top it is BLUE and it has FUZZY feeties! Is there any thing I can do to help it?

    Also I am pretty sure why these two had so much trouble, they are big chicks in pullet eggs. It was made worse because of my low temps they kept on growing becoming able to fully zip the eggs.
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2007
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Corey, all you can do is wait and let the baby rest. I've had more than one chick in the past seem like it wasnt doing well, but hours of rest, they almost always gain their feet and join their siblings. That baby's had a hard time so she'll need a long rest period, but Caroline's babies have been very strong so far. Wait a couple of hours and I bet you'll see a difference. One of those Delawares I hatched last time was really awful. It just lay there and shook like it was freezing for hours and hours. Eventually, it was just fine. And the eggs of Caroline's are not pullet eggs actually anymore. Brahmas don't lay large eggs for months after they begin laying usually. If you notice, her eggs are very wide and round, so they are larger than you realize inside. That being said, Suede and Caroline's babies have so far been very large, so you could be right that the baby was large for the egg it was in. But, they're HERE! Yea!
  3. nickki99

    nickki99 In the Brooder

    May 30, 2007
    North Carolina
    Corey, hope the little one is doing better. Let us know.
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Corey, when you can, we sure want an update on these babies! Hopefully, the next incubation will go better for you. Then you should have some pure Blues and if you want to try more of Caroline's, I can put a couple of those in, too. Cant wait to see the blue baby with feathered feetsies!
  5. Corey NC

    Corey NC Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    North Carolina
    the first one is for sure black and is doing great besides having a bit of dried membrane on it. The blue one isn't doing so good, it just lays on it's side flailing it's legs and it won't un-crook it's neck and stand up.

    I want to do something to help but I don't know what to do. I feel so helpless.
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    You can't do anything and it may take all night before it can get up. Hard as it is, you just have to wait and see.
  7. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    Your doing the right thing. Have faith. The chick should be OK.

    We did one assist so far. It took 24 hours from the point of cracking
    the egg to the chick walking aound the bator.
  8. Corey NC

    Corey NC Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    North Carolina
    It smells awful in the bator would it be ok to take out the old paper towels and put in fresh ones?

    Cyn, I am positive the rest of the eggs are dead. Would you like me to crack them open and see what colors we have and possibly what went wrong? Do you want pics?
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I think its time to take them out one by one and crack into the aircell and see what happened. Just do it carefully, in case one is still alive by some miracle. I think it's always a good thing to know. You don't have to send pics, but let me know what colors they were. Make sure all vents are open for airflow for the babies. That will help with air quality, too. And the temp can be down to 95 now in the bator till you take them to the brooder.
  10. Corey NC

    Corey NC Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    North Carolina
    What are the signs that they are alive if I break the air cell?

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