Emergency! Please help! Momma and just hatched chicks killed a few eggs left. How to hatch?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Team Nathumn, Mar 20, 2018.

  1. Team Nathumn

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    Help! Our speckled Sussex has been sitting on a clutch of eggs for weeks. We live in the woods and she found a pretty safe spot. We believe last night many of the eggs hatched and coyotes came and ate them and the momma. We have about 7 eggs left. Most look very close to hatching. They were cold when we found them. What should we do? We don't have an incubator.
     
  2. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

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    @WVduckchick, @azygous, @Wyorp Rock ?

    Do you have a heat lamp or a heating pad and a thermometer?

    You can use a heat lamp over a bucket under emergency conditions. Use a thermometer and keep an eye on it. I recommend the bucket because that way you can put a bowl of water (with a sponge to help it evaporate) in there to keep humidity up.

    If you use a heating pad, cover it with a blanket so that the eggs don't get burnt, and see if you can put it under a bin (clear plastic is great!) with a thermometer so that you can see how the temp is doing. Again, humidity is important.

    Don't damp rags and wrap them around the eggs for humidity--they'll suck the heat right out, even if they are warm.

    Good luck.
     
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  3. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Enabler

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    Sounds like some great ideas @sylviethecochin !
     
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    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

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    Thank you. Coming from you, that means a lot.
     
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    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

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    OP, how are they doing? Are things working out well? Have you found the hen?
     
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  6. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds!

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    Following for an update. :pop
     
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