I feel really bad (please don't beat me up about this)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rainnotebook, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. rainnotebook

    rainnotebook Songster

    Oct 19, 2009
    Northern AZ
    So I had 10 eggs that my hen was laying on, all were collected under her within 2 days. I marked them and pulled out all the new eggs the other hens would lay on top of her, I know I should had moved her nest but I honestly wasn't sure how okay with that she would be. She had been an off again on again broody hen. So I didn't move the nest. So she sits on 10 eggs and about half way through the whole deal her sister wants to lay with her. They both are broody and share the nest, so I didn't think it was a big deal. And ultimately it wasn't a big deal.

    So babies start hatching and I finally feel confident enough to move the nest. ANYWAYS long story short both mamas get off the nest when there are 3 eggs left. From the start of the hatch to getting off was almost 3 days so I figured the eggs in there weren't fertile. So I put them in a egg carton and I threw them away in the dumpster outside. Well. Today I get this crazy idea to open up the carton and see if any were hatched. I was horrified to see that was true. Out of the 3 eggs one of them hatched and was laying in the poor carton a bit cold but alive. I'm trying to nurse him back to health now with sugar water and hopefully he'll be able to develop his legs enough to walk.

    I feel so heartbroken for him, but I also feel awful about the other 2 eggs that must have been ready to hatch too. I pulled the eggs out and they were cold. I don't have an incubator which is why I didn't incubate them. But I remembered I had a very small heating pad, so I got that out, put the eggs on there and put the new baby on there to warm up and move around.

    What do I do now? Are the babies in the eggs dead now? What about this little guy that made it? I'm just so mad at myself for being so stupid and careless about those babies. Of course they were fertile. I just hope I can fix it now.
  2. mediazeal

    mediazeal Songster

    Feb 26, 2009
    Dont' feel bad. I'd be impressed with your little guy that hatched anyway.
    besides the heat the eggs need moisture so if you have a styrofoam ice chest or something like that, you can put them in there with a pan of warm water (make the water high enough that they can't get in it and drown)
    I think the last 2 eggs are not going to hatch at this point. But apprecaite that you are trying.

    Next time, you can candle the eggs to see if there is anyone home before you toss them.
    Momma got off, so she was saying, I'm done.

    Any chance you can slip that baby under momma?

    good luck
  3. pontoosuc

    pontoosuc Songster

    Jun 9, 2010
    Richmond, MA
    oh boy. don't beat yourself up. It sounds like you are doing everything you can
    at the moment for that little one. Hopefully you will get some other input.

    I'll keep my fingers crossed and send my best wishes through the internet for your
    your little dumpster baby! [​IMG]
  4. ams3651

    ams3651 Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    when my momma is done sitting if I dont hear any peeping I throw the eggs far back in the field and dont worry about what may have been. I dont want to see if there was a chick in there, I dont want to incubate eggs or raise any more in the house so I just have to forget about them. Twice now I have had to put down newborn chicks and that was hard enough. I refuse to feel bad for what i had no control over, I figure if she got up off them she knew best. Dont beat yourself up if it doesnt survive.
  5. rainnotebook

    rainnotebook Songster

    Oct 19, 2009
    Northern AZ
    Yes I should had candled them and definitely will next time. The little guy doesn't have enough strength in his legs right now to walk right. I'm hoping by the end of the day he'll be able to walk and I'll tuck him in with mama(s) tonight when they are sleeping. My question though is how did mama hatch the eggs without water being present? What is different the way she does it?
  6. tuesdays chicks

    tuesdays chicks Songster

    Apr 26, 2010
    stuart florida
    Ohhh big hugs for you. I hope that baby makes it. Where are the babies that hatched. I hope 1 of the hens are looking after them
  7. rainnotebook

    rainnotebook Songster

    Oct 19, 2009
    Northern AZ
    They are both being great motherly hens. I'm so impressed with the shared responsibility and the babies follow both of them around. Its SO cute to watch! They share the babies.
  8. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    AWWWWWW, glad they shared the babies!

    My Orp bantam sisters shared their babies last year, perfect for one who needs a break, the other would babysit LOL! Until early this spring, I lost her blue sister. I was sick about it!
  9. lynxs1981

    lynxs1981 Chirping

    Jul 8, 2010
    I've noticed sometimes when the hens get up and leave eggs behind, there is usually something wrong with the egg/chick. I don't know how they know this, but they seem to. So I wouldn't be too upset about it, as there was probably something wrong with them anyways.
  10. rainnotebook

    rainnotebook Songster

    Oct 19, 2009
    Northern AZ
    Well the trashcan baby is doing real good. A lot more energy then when I found him, so thats a good sign. I decided to name him Oscar after Oscar the grouch that lived in a trash can on Sesame Street. [​IMG]

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