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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by champ, Aug 4, 2016.

  1. champ

    champ New Egg

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    My hen has hatched 7 healthy chick's. The last one is questionable.he can't really get around and appears to be gasping for air. She has 5 more eggs in the nest and I can tell there's babies inside ... they are cold and I was wondering how long to leave them on the nest befor taking them up..
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    If she has left the nest it's best to remove them. Was it a staggered hatch? If they haven't hatched 2 days after they were supposed to than they won't.
     
  3. champ

    champ New Egg

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    I am not sure what a staggered hatches but yes it's been three days so I'll remove them thank you so much
     
  4. champ

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    It's been three days so I'll remove them.. I am new at this so thank you very much. The last chuck hatched also seems to have a problem. He can't stay up he rears back and falls on his back and kinda looks like he's gasping for air. I didn't have the heart to kill him so I am gonna check on him again tonight... any sugrstions
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    Staggered hatch is when all the eggs weren't set on the same day, so the expected hatch dates vary widely.

    Some just don't make it or aren't form correctly. Not much you can do, it will either make it or not.
     
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  6. champ

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    Oh.... well then yes it was a staggered hatch... so the last one to hatch ,,, the one with the issues hatched eairly this morning
     

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