First set hatched, only one fatality...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by adeters2, Dec 17, 2007.

  1. adeters2

    adeters2 In the Brooder

    Aug 24, 2007
    Mocksville, NC
    Out of the two hens I have brooding now, one set hatched with a 50 percent hatch rate. I think it could have been more but she left the nest to care for the litle ones.... I had 6 hatch, and when I got home from work tonight, one was dead. I guess he got too cold cause he was in the middle of the coop and VERY COLD! There were still 6 eggs in the nest when she left them. They all were ice cold so I tossed them. Each one had an almost fully developed Chick inside. Had I removed the chicks after they hatched, I might have gotten more.... but I wanted her to raise this
    But, I have removed these remaining chicks and brought them inside where it's warm... I'll raise these too till Spring I I'll post pics tomorrow am...
  2. WOW.

    I'm not a breeder so it sounds incredible to me. So much 'tossing' (ugh) but then this wonderful and amazing new life on the way.

    Congrats and good luck w/ it!!

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