emergency incubator?? Egg cheeping!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by obxWaMi, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. obxWaMi

    obxWaMi Chillin' With My Peeps

    A few days ago I posted about finding babies under my broody hen...Well, here they are!
    We moved them from the community coop into her own private pen late on the second night after 3 had hatched but still with one egg to go. She did fine and is a VERY protective momma! But she didn't finish the job.

    Apparently the last egg was added to the clutch a few days after the originals and she got tired of waiting and gave up sitting. So I guess it's our own fault.

    Just after she came off the nest with the 3 babies we checked on the remaining egg and found it burried in the pine shavings... cold.
    I decided to candle it but never made it that far. The egg started cheeping!

    I've got the egg in my kitchen under a light right now and I'm hoping for the best since I don't have an incubator. I have it in a bowl with cloth under it. I dampened the edges of the cloth a bit because I know it's supposed to have humidity.

    Any advice will be greatly appreciated...



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  2. tammye

    tammye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no idea, keep it warm like momma would do and wait and see. I sure hope it makes it, it will need a special name if it does.please let us know if it hatches
     
  3. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    We had one female member keep the egg warm by her chest. Don't want to say anything offensive. That should keep some humidity too. I think it's too late to buy an incubator and wait for it to heat up.
     
  4. lotsachicks

    lotsachicks Out Of The Brooder

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    When my broody left the nest for good with one egg pipped and two cheeping I brought them in and put them on my heating pad on low setting and kinda folded it over them, I also put a damp paper towel between them for humidity. It worked, I have 3 healthy peeps in the brooder.
     
  5. Monk422

    Monk422 Out Of The Brooder

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    I was gonna say shove it in your bra too! LOL. Great minds.[​IMG]
     
  6. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    I hatched 2 in my bra before I got into incubating...it works, but it's weird. I put on a camisole with a shelf in it, and that was a perfect pocket for keeping them warm under a sweater. If I were a man or had less...surface area in a bra...I would likely tuck in a shirt and let them sit around my waist. It's not for any busy activity, though, and putting several sealed mason jars of hot tap water in a cooler with the eggs in the middle on a damp towel is safer and more convenient. Close up the cooler and keep an eye on the temp. You want it around 100*.
     
  7. barrelmom

    barrelmom Out Of The Brooder

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    My mother in law hatched eggs inside a laundry basket with the desk lamp for heat. She incubated many many eggs this way with great success.
     

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