Found a nest of babies

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lejuene, Oct 5, 2015.

  1. lejuene

    lejuene New Egg

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    Found a nest of babies. Eight in all. Collected them to care for them. Three of the eight died last night. What did I do wrong??? They have food, water, and I have the heat lamp. They all seemed vigorous yesterday. I'm guilt ridden. Posting a pic so maybe someone could guess the age. [​IMG]
     
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Your chick looks to be less than one week old. When you say you found them, were they with a mother hen? Many things could have caused death, too hot, too cold. They could have drowned in the water. What kind of waterer do you have? Have they got room to get away form the heat so they can cool down?

    Good luck with your chicks.
     
  3. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    Those are pretty young chicks to have been abandoned. I'm guessing just having been left on their own without mama or human intervention is what caused the 3 to expire (they were already too far gone for you to help). I hope you can give the rest of them a good home.
     
  4. lejuene

    lejuene New Egg

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    Mother was around but nest was not a safe place. The AG class at high school is building me a proper brooder today. I'm wondering if it was too much heat. They didn't drown. Could it be stress from having moved them? Have never dealt with chicks this young. I'm terrified of being responsible for another death.
     
  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    It could have been stress as they have been seperated from the mother. Where is the mother now? Could you catch her?
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    If you could catch the mother, there is a slim chance she would stay & care for them. Broodies get very shaken up when a nest is moved
     
  7. lejuene

    lejuene New Egg

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    I'm wondering why she didn't nest in the coop? I can catch the mother and try to get her stay with the chicks. I'm just sick to death with worry and mad at myself for moving them. Thought I was doing the right thing.
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  9. lejuene

    lejuene New Egg

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    Thank you for all the advice and the welcomes!
     
  10. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!

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    Don't beat yourself up too bad. Just remember that if their original nest was not in a safe place, it is likely that many more than that would have died without your intervention.

    You mentioned that perhaps they had too much heat? Where are the remaining chicks in comparison to the heat lamp? Are they right under it (indicating they are cold), are they as far from it as they can get (indicating they are too hot), or are they evenly dispersed? Are each of them eating and drinking as far as you know?

    I have had success moving broodies several times, so it is possible. Just be sure to keep an eye on mama hen if you try to reunite them and get her to care for them.
     

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