Help! Broody hen stepped on hatching egg!

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  1. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

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    Help! My broody hen, Oreo is sitting on some eggs and she has been doing fine...Except today we lost 2 eggs and possibly a 3rd one because she crushed them. [​IMG] The 3rd one of pipping and she stepped on it a little and now it's bleeding; It's not cracked all the way, but the baby chick seems to be very slow and not very active as it's trying to hatch. I can see its beak moving so it's still alive, but it's bleeding a lot and I don't know what to do! [​IMG] [​IMG] I don't have an incubator at the moment...Normally I would take the hatching egg out, wrap it in a warm moist paper towel, and put it in my incubator.
    Help! Will the chick make it??? [​IMG]
     
  2. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2009
    South Africa
    I think it's time to intervene, [​IMG]. Put the chick into a warm brooder and monitor it carefully.
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  3. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

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    Quote:Thanks, but I don't really have a brooder. [​IMG] And like you probably already know, I don't have my incubator either. [​IMG] Is there a way I can make a quick brooder easily? And I'm scared to intervene because the egg is bleeding and what if the temperature change kills the baby chick??? [​IMG]
     
  4. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2009
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    Quote:Thanks, but I don't really have a brooder. [​IMG] And like you probably already know, I don't have my incubator either. [​IMG] Is there a way I can make a quick brooder easily? And I'm scared to intervene because the egg is bleeding and what if the temperature change kills the baby chick??? [​IMG]

    Do you have a tub or empty fish tank nearby, or something that can handle heat but is large enough?
     
  5. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

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    Quote:Thanks, but I don't really have a brooder. [​IMG] And like you probably already know, I don't have my incubator either. [​IMG] Is there a way I can make a quick brooder easily? And I'm scared to intervene because the egg is bleeding and what if the temperature change kills the baby chick??? [​IMG]

    Do you have a tub or empty fish tank nearby, or something that can handle heat but is large enough?

    I think so, yes.

    Oh and the baby chick is still barely hanging on...I looked at it closer and it hasn't absorbed all of the yolk. I wrapped it halfway in a damp paper towel because the membrane has turned white where the egg shell has been taken off, and I moved it under a past broody BO hen. She isn't broody now, but she's temporarily sitting in a nest box with a couple other eggs, getting ready to lay her daily egg and so I slipped the poor thing under her for warmth and she willingly took it. The original broody hen already has 4 baby chicks and about a dozen eggs under her already and so I figured it needs more space and warmth, and I know Setherina will take care of it for now like she always does because she's a great setter and mother hen. I'll just leave it under her until I can make a brooder...I just don't think I should intervene right now because all the yolk hasn't been absorbed. [​IMG]
    Thanks!
     
  6. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

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    UPDATE: Well, the baby chick didn't make it. [​IMG] I moved it to a plastic tub with a light over it and put some damp paper towels around it. But it didn't make it. 3 chicks in a row so far that didn't make it. I just hope no more turn out the same way. [​IMG]

    Thanks everyone for all the help. [​IMG]
     
  7. Mandalina

    Mandalina Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2009
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    I'm sorry [​IMG]
     
  8. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

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    Quote:Thanks. [​IMG]
     
  9. SarahIrl

    SarahIrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So sad to hear. It always sounds so much easier to let the hens do all the hard work, and then you get a rogue/clumsy/daft hen who makes a right mess of it. A bit like rogue/clumsy/daft hatchers who can't sit on their hands! Hopefully the rest all go your way!
     

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