help i need answers fast!!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by quacks, Sep 19, 2007.

  1. quacks

    quacks Hatching

    Sep 19, 2007
    one of my girlfriends has chickens and they have recently had six little chicks.. but two of the chicks were abandoned and she opened them thinking they would make it. one of them has already died and one is barely hanging in with us. what do i do? [​IMG]
  2. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Songster

    Apr 8, 2007
    You mean she opened the eggs?????

    You cant open the chicken eggs, they hatch. If that is what you did, they probably wont make it, since even "full term" they can be weak.

    Im sorry I cant help more.
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Sorry, if she opened the eggs, like tiffanyh said, chances are it won't make it because it wasn't quite ready to hatch yet. My guess is the first one didn't have a fully absorbed yolk and so bled to death, and that the second one has the same issue. Not much you can do now other than keep it warm. When a chick is ready to hatch, it will come out... and there is very little if any blood...
  4. robin416

    robin416 Songster

    Feb 6, 2007
    Sorry, but I have to say that it is possible to help a chick hatch. I've done it many times but when you decide to help is the most important factor.

    It sounds like the two that did not hatch on their own were layed after the other eggs had been set on for a few days.

    Due to the extreme heat and dry conditions I even had to help chicks hatch this Summer that were under a hen. These chicks were fine once they were out of the shell. But my girls were in pens that kept others from being able to lay additional eggs in their nests.
  5. 2mnypets

    2mnypets Songster

    Apr 11, 2007
    Galesburg, IL.
    If the chicks were already pipping that's one thing. If the chicks were not trying to open the shell by themselves, I'm afraid there is nothing that you guys can do. Not all eggs are layed the same day. I'm sorry for your loss.

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