grannys gone and done it

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  1. ChickenLady2014

    ChickenLady2014 Feathered Frenzy

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    Have been struggling with momma Silkie. Her 2 chicks are a week old today. Have had to deal with poopy butt since day 1. When the coop door is opened she will come booking out totally forgetting her babies inside. She is young & first time broody. The thing I notice when watching them is that it doesn't seem like she has taught them to drink. When I check on them I always dip their beaks in the water dish, but they just don't seem to get it.
     
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    I've only got the 4 other Silkie eggs from a second silk that I was hoping would go broody too, but she never did. The one chick that died had only hatched like 5 hours before it died. One minute it was fine, the next minute dead. Good air flow, I think it must have gotten too week trying to hatch. It was pipped for a long time, I had pretty much thought it wouldn't hatch. This other one that is pipped is acting the same way. I have horrible luck hatching silkies.
     
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    have you thought about taking the chicks from mama ? they may be drinking when your not looking and just dont want more. how is humidity in the bator ? the should zip within 24 hrs of external pip. I think some let them go longer but i dont.
     
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    Have you ever read Sally Sunshine hatching guide on here ? she is really good. ton of info on there .
     
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    I have thought about taking the chicks from momma, but hoping she can get it figured out. The humidity is OK in the bator. Just checked it and noticed a piece of shell had fallen off the pipped egg and that the membrane looked dry. Took the egg out, put a little ointment on the membrane and poked a tiny hole in the membrane. Misted the bator & put it back in. Fingers crossed on this one.
     
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    I dont like the ointment but a lot of people do. glad its making progress ! I just seen your picture. not sure how i missed it before. its a great pic. I like to see steam on the viewing glass when they start to hatch. I just dont trust the hygrometers . after they start to zip it should be under a couple hrs ! a normal zip is about 20 min. [​IMG]
     
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    I don't think it will be long. Removed the top side of the egg. Moistened the membrane, veins look good. Wrapped in moist paper towel, time will tell.
     
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    you opened it ? LOL you are as bad as me. bet you have to finish it.are the veins gone ?
     
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    Well granny its been nice chatting, I'm going to head for a bath then try to get some sleep. That hasn't been going very good lately. Probably as soon as I lay down the chick will make it out and chirp all night lol.
     
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    night . [​IMG]
     
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