Help! I have a wet chick just hatched getting trampled!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Minky, Apr 6, 2018.

  1. Minky

    Minky Songster

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    So, i have 8 chicks hatched the last 48 hours - the first 5 hatched April 4, last 3 yesterday morning...
    BUT my only maran egg started pipping this morning at around 7am- lots of chirping, one small hole.
    At 4 pm today there was no progress (9 hrs), so I got my tweezers and opened a little spot, then a bit more (it seemed really cramped and she was tired, but still chirping) ...I slowly removed about 1/3 of the shell...it didnt seem stuck to her, but there was blood on the shell..not much but more than other shells Ive found from unassited hatches...then I put her under my hen again.
    Came back to check on her and she had pushed out, but was being totally trampled and pecked (the red blood strands i guess) by mom and my chicks...
    So i have her in the house on a papertowel, in a small basket with electric heat pad under, heat pack (bean bag type) hovering over the basket and a lamp about 2 feet away. I think the temperature is okay. And thing else she needs? Her eyes have not opened, but chirping away. Now she is sleeping...Legs look ok, body seems fine.
    Am I on the right track with helping her? Couldnt just let her get squished into the woodchips...
     
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  2. chuckachucka

    chuckachucka Crowing

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    Let her rest, dip her beak in some sugar water, and then when she is a little bit stronger put her back. I would wait until after dark at night and put her back under the mother. Make sure she is able to stagger around at least even if it takes a full day. I made the mistake of putting a weak chick back with the mother and it ended up getting squashed and died :(
    Keep an eye on her though since temperature is very important. Do you have a thermometer yout could put next to her?
     
  3. Minky

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    yes, good idea, Ill put our outdoor wireless thermometer beside her. What temp? 100?

    i dont have an incubator...
     
  4. chuckachucka

    chuckachucka Crowing

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    Aim for 98-100 until the chick is dry, then 95 once dry. I hope she gets stronger soon!
     
  5. Minky

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    oh man, Im glad you suggested the thermometer- I thought temp was great--and it was only 79!!! its 83 and climbing now.. ive got heat packs, heating pad and space heater going full blast ....
     
  6. Minky

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    removed basket, put her on papertowel directly on heat pad, on high. Still only at 90....
     
  7. Minky

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    ok she's at 100 and drying nicely. eyes cracking open. ill do the sugar water in a bit.
     
  8. venymae

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    a bendy neck lamp with an "old fashioned" light bulb like this will work great to keep her warm. Just bend it closer or farther away till you get a good temp. 90F is a fine temp for chicks.
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  9. Minky

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    yeah, wish i had one.... Ill keep my eyes open for one in the future, though. Bet I can get one for next to nothing for future chick emergencies!! I scoured the house a few nights ago and found only one measly 60 w (old fashioned) bulb in the whole house!!
    thanks!
     
  10. Minky

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    baby chick is back in with momma and her 8 siblings. she was dry, stumbling about and quite alert, so I thought she'd do better under her momma than inside.

    thanks again for all the help, its nice to have a calm sensible voice amidst the panic!:love
     

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