First time hatch

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by curious cat, Nov 2, 2014.

  1. curious cat

    curious cat Hatching

    Nov 2, 2014
    This is my first post but I have found these forums to be a wealth of information in the past. To cut a very long story short, I am on day 22 with what started as 9 eggs under my remaining hen. On day 19 there was a dead hatched chick out of the nest. It was still wet. On day 21 whilst I was hand feeding the hen I was surprised to see a very happy & healthy chick pop it's head out. I gently lifted the front of the hen a little bit & saw unhatched eggs. When I changed the water last night there was another dead chick thrown out of the nest half hatched. The Chick was covered in yolk and it's head was still in the shell. I can't hear any chirping & mum is not moving off the nest. I don't want to interfere too much but don't know if the other chicks will be okay if I just leave mum to do her thing and am anxious that everything is going ok. My other hens were killed about a month ago and now I'm anxious that I'm doing things right.
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop

    Let mama do it. She knows what to do. You can check on them soon. But give them time to settle in and get acquainted with each other. Make sure they have chick food and water. You can peak in on them whenever you want but just don't disturb them.

    Good luck![​IMG]
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    I would also leave the mother to decide what to do. Most mother hens know what they're doing, though some don't.

    Good luck!
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    I agree with the other posters: let the mother hen figure out what to do.

    Good luck!
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    So sorry you are having all these troubles! Do you have any other hens around? Is it possible other hens are messing with her chicks? Is the lip not high enough that the chicks are able to fall out? If it is neither of these, it is possible the momma is killing them. Not all hens make good momma's. If this is the case, I would remove the eggs and finish them off yourself. If it is one of the first two, raise the lip or keep all other birds away from momma and her babies.

    I hope you can get this resolved soon! [​IMG]
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  8. curious cat

    curious cat Hatching

    Nov 2, 2014
    [​IMG] thank you all for your helpful replies. I only have the one hen. I live in a suburban house and a few weeks ago had a predator come through. Have since found out I wasn't the only house affected. I'm not sure if the photo works but Bella now only has half comb after the attack. Which is fully healed and the reason she got the eggs was to stop her moving around & re-injuring it. Have two chicks!!! Will limit my interaction to changing water and feed and hope for the best. Will raise the edge of the box. I love my animals and am glad I joined backyardchickens
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2014

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