How many of you help a weak chick hatch...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bobbi-j, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    ... and how many just let nature take its course? Just curious.
     
  2. oddbirdranch

    oddbirdranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm a helper. I always feel they deserve a chance and I hate the feeling that I should have helped when they don't make it. If I help and they don't make it, it seems more meant to be after I've done my best to save them.
     
  3. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

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    I always help. It is not always a sign that the chick in weak or sickly - sometimes external conditions affect how well chicks can hatch - like humidity or the position of the egg (if its in a nest).

    You can only do good by giving it a chance to get out!
     
  4. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been keeping and hatching my own eggs for over twenty years-------for a strong healthy flock, you have to let the strongest survive and cull the weak/sick.
     
  5. mohillbilly

    mohillbilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i help them tho i wont take them all the way out unless they are shrink wrapped.
     
  6. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    I used to help, when I new to hatching. Not anymore.....
     
  7. GableBabble

    GableBabble Ninja Chicken Herder

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    I am guilty of helping after a certain length of time when the chick looks just utterly exhusted. One of the trio I sold last week was one I had helped that had made it.
     
  8. Baggagolers

    Baggagolers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have helped and would do it again, but only as a last resort. I helped one out last summer that was zipped almost to the point of hatching. Seem the legs were in a funky position. I didn't pull the chick all the way out. Just a little help. Turned out to have messed up legs and ended up dying after a week. Broke my heart and I wondered if I did the right thing helping. I guess I would do it again at least the chick would have a chance.
     

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