HELP shell and membrane broke, chick is still ALIVE!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CrazyChookChookLady, May 25, 2019.

  1. CrazyChookChookLady

    CrazyChookChookLady Songster

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    I have a broody silkie with eggs on day 22. I checked this morning and the shell and membrane were pecked away with the chick still inside. It did not pip and I can see some yoke still inside the egg. I currently have it in towels with a damp one over the opening.

    What do I do??!!

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  2. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    That's a whole lot of blood. :barnie

    I have never yet had a chick make it that bled out that much. :hmm

    I never had to consider euthanasia of an unhatched chick... but this would be a first.

    Only thing I can recommend is keeping it warm... some folks use their bra if they don't have an incubator.

    @WVduckchick @Pyxis @Eggcessive @casportpony, thanks for looking to see if you have any experience or input!

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  3. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Crowing

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    I would take an egg out of the fridge. Crack it open. Wash and sanitize the shell then place it over the opening Tape it on the backside.
    At 22 days, it should be close.
     
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  4. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds!

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    If it’s still active and chirping, I would just make sure the membrane stays moist with Vaseline or coconut oil, and doesn’t stick to the feathers, get it as close to 99-100 degrees as possible and wait. I’d also prop it up with the chicks butt lower than the head, in a cup or bowl with a dry towel (paper towels, wash cloth, rag, etc). It does look close to hatching, so yolk absorption is critical. You do not want it out of the shell until the yolk is absorbed.

    Best of luck!
     
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  5. Eggcessive

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    I don’t have much experience with hatching problems, but I would probably put a damp warm paper towel over it. The others who have already posted probably know more than I do, so I would follow their advice.
     
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  6. CrazyChookChookLady

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    Thank you everyone for the advice. Sadly the chick did not make it.

    There is still 1 egg under the broody. Hopefully I'll have better luck.
     
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  7. CrazyChookChookLady

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    The final egg hatched! She is a very healthy and active baby.

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  8. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds!

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    Sorry you lost the other one, but super glad you got one!
     
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