Help. 1st chick dead after 24 hours. Help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by beana1225, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. beana1225

    beana1225 In the Brooder

    Aug 5, 2008
    While back Buff got broody. Sat for a week. I was all excited. Went out a week later when I caught her eating and as you can guess. No eggs. But she went right back in to sitting. So I got my other buff egg that day and put it under her. Next day same thing. Well the first egg I found broken at about 2 weeks. But yesterday at 21 days baby chick. It was healthy and under mom. Well tonight I couldn't hear the chirping and hubby and I checked and it was dead under mom. Important note. We have a pair of bantams. And for some reason the bantam started laying eggs under buff last week. I did not know this and was on vacation. Yesterday when I checked for the chick mom had bantam eggs under her. She is still sitting. I am wondering if the sitting on the eggs is different than the way she sits on chicks (I would assume so) and if that smothered the chick. I know they keep the chicks under them but would assume they would have to let more air in for the chick than an egg. I am checking for new eggs so that no more are laid under her. We are very upset. And have to give my 8 year old an answer in the morning. And would like to have a real answer. Welcome to the world of chickens.
  2. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

    Jan 1, 2008
    [​IMG] Sounds like buff isnt too good a mom. See if she can hatch the eggs and then take the chicks away from her and raise yourself.

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