Emergency - please help

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  1. rosemi78

    rosemi78 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chick #9 hatched yesterday afternoon around 4 (it's about 8am here now) on day 21(late), day 22(early). Her eyes aren't open. She is moving around all over the place, but she is drying at all. I have a couple water containers in the incubator for humidity, and I stuffed them full of paper towels to keep any chicks from drowning. She likes to lay on top of those (which I know is why she's not drying out). But... She's hitting the heating element!!! Then she just cries and cries. Please give me ideas on how to help. She's #9 out of 11 and I don't want to lose her... I only have the one incubator and there are still 2 eggs in there, so I can't take the water containers out yet...
     
  2. rosemi78

    rosemi78 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have set up a cooler as an emergency brooder, but my only heat options were a 60w bulb an a UVA/UVB bulb. Went with the 60w bc I thought the UVA/UVB could hurt her, but I'm struggling to get it warm enough now...
     
  3. Sally Sunshine

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    can you try to close part of the top of the brooder? just leave some vetilation or more to smaller box.
     
  4. rosemi78

    rosemi78 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have actually raised the floor up using shavings covered with newspaper (I ran out of paper towels) about 2/3 of the way up. I have a screen top for an aquarium on top with the heat lamp sitting on that. I covered the unused part of the screen to help block some of the heat from escaping. I think another 5 or 10 minutes and I'll have it where I need it.

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  5. Sally Sunshine

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    awesome but please dont use newspaper, it can quickly cause spraddle legs in chicks because its too slippery and no traction. you can throw an old towel in it for now. What temp are you reading now?
     
  6. rosemi78

    rosemi78 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    90.3 and I put a towel in.
     
  7. Sally Sunshine

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    ok see if you can get it to 95 for the first week and your good!
     
  8. rosemi78

    rosemi78 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's resting comfortably now, and for how teeny tiny she is, her legs seem a mile long.


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  9. Sally Sunshine

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    [​IMG] she isnt shivering is she? how cute!! Congrats!!
     
  10. rosemi78

    rosemi78 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't see any shivering. I think she's really exhausted, though. Hopefully she will be okay. <3
     

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