Ewwwee ants in a partially hatched egg

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Kimber, Aug 17, 2008.

  1. Kimber

    Kimber Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 23, 2007
    SW Florida
    Yikes....I've got 2 broodys each hatching out babies, 9 out so far and 5 eggs left. One of them starte pipping this morning and had made it's hole, when I went out a few hours later to check it had ants swarming in and out of the hole. I think the poor chick is dead. The other eggs are unaffected, but I changed the hay to fresh and put momma back on her nest. She seems content with her 5 babies and 4 eggs. I hear pipping from 3 out of the 4 but I left them all in with her.

    Mommy #2 only has 4 babies as she got off her nest this morning so I put the unattended eggs under Momma #1.

    Have you ever had this ant issue? Do you think the chick died first and that drew the ants?

    It was so aweful......
  2. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

    May 24, 2008
    Southeast Arkansas
    There was someone else who lost babies to ants, the opinion was that the ants killed it.
  3. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 26, 2007
    Fair Oaks, California
    i'm so sorry. That's terrible. i suppose it's possible the ants picked at the new baby and killed it. Did you take the chick out of the egg?

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