Egg squashed by broody mid-hatch

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by alonelyhiccup, Feb 13, 2017.

  1. alonelyhiccup

    alonelyhiccup New Egg

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    Today is day 22 and the chicks started hatching. My broody hen went mad and started attacking the chicks as they pipped. I now have two breathing but bleeding chicks on my chest, both have shells that are destroyed, crushed all over and attached in places. I don't have an incubator. What should I do? Just keep them on my chest to keep them warm and see if they live? I also have two eggs unhatched. I have no idea if they have living chicks in or not. They are on my chest too. Can anyone advise? I didn't think I was going to become a chick incubator today!!!
     
  2. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Chicken Obsessed

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    Do you hav a heating pad you can put them on?
     
  3. alonelyhiccup

    alonelyhiccup New Egg

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    Thanks I do have an electric blanket on the bed but that's all. I've ordered a brooder for tomorrow but only one survivor so he will be lonely!
     
  4. TheKindaFarmGal

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    Oh, sorry to hear only one made it. Can you get another chick to keep him company? If you have a 60 watt incandescent light bulb and a box, you can easily make a brooder with that.
     
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  5. alonelyhiccup

    alonelyhiccup New Egg

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    Thank you this saved me :) I always thought a special bulb was required for some reason - can't believe how warm they get!
     
  6. TheKindaFarmGal

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    Sure, any time. :)

    Nope! Do make sure the brooder has a side where they can get away from the heat, and make sure the bulb is secure so it can't fall and start a fire. That's it, though!
     

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