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I killed a baby silkie chick tonight,i cant stop crying

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Silkiemom2, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. Silkiemom2

    Silkiemom2 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 5, 2012
    I found him,away from his mom in the coop,he was hangig out of the egg,chirping,i put him back under her,and hour later i went out and got him,and put him in the brooder with the other chicks,the oldest is 2 weeks,and he kept getting stepped on,so i put him a small box,half under the heat lamp and half so he could get away from the heat,and hour later i came up and he was on his back,right under the light,i tried bring him back by rubbing his chest and little breaths into his beak,while rubbing its chest,i noticed all the down coming off,it started peeling off.omg.I think ,the light cooked him,when he was on his back under the light,which is an 100 watt bulb.Its my fault,and i feel so **** sad,and so guilty,i think thats it,im giving up raising them anymore.
  2. Silkiemom2

    Silkiemom2 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 5, 2012
    He was only a few hours old..i hate myself for this right now.
  3. tuckertori

    tuckertori Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 22, 2011
    How hard for you! When my first girl died, she was a few months old. She was obviously sick so I brought her inside hoping to warm her and give her a chance. When she died a couple hours later, on my chest, I cried and was very sad for days. It is naturall to feel that way. I'll bet that your little one had something wrong with her or she would have gone to the cooler side of the area and been fine. It is very discouraging, but don't give up. They are so much fun and it is worth it. Good luck to you.
  4. OmeletMan

    OmeletMan Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 5, 2012
    I am sorry for your loss. Keep in mind it was an accident. Take care and dont give up!
  5. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    Believe it or not, it gets easier to cope when you breed and hatch chick after chick....
  6. t/m

    t/m Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 21, 2011
    Smith Mountain Lake, VA
    It's obvious you love and care for these little creatures, sometimes bad things just happen. It probably passed while under the light but not that the light killed it. It sounds like it had difficulty from the beginning. I hope you feel better soon from this. Whatever may be learned from this remember when we know better, we do better. Take care and I'm sorry for your loss. [​IMG]
  7. CluckyBoss

    CluckyBoss Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 26, 2012
    I totally agree with the above posters. If it was available, he would have
    moved to the cooler side of the box. If his mom pushed him away, she
    most likely knew something was wrong with him. And I totally agree with
    Nurse_Turtle, it gets easier to cope. Lots of hugs for you. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2012
  8. Naptown Chicks

    Naptown Chicks Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 1, 2012
    My Coop
    I am so sad for you. One of my first chicks was listless right out of the box (and by first I mean my very first and this was last Saturday). She died after only a few hours while I was at a wedding. I was devastated - maybe if I had been home?? - but you can't think like that. Some things just happen. I gave her a lovely funeral and I just let myself cry.
  9. Silkiemom2

    Silkiemom2 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 5, 2012
    When i brought him in the house,he seemed fine.all dryed off and fluffy.I have to blame myself for this,and learn from it.Its just so **** hard..Hopefully tomorrow i will feel better.Thanks to you all for your postings.Last week i brought one in,that the mom had stepped on and cracked the egg open,it was not ready to hatch out,the chick still had some yolk on him,that had not been absorbed,it was acting sluggish,and tired all the time,i was able to save that one with mixing gatorade and chick starter,he/she is now thriving.This one i lost was a beautiful little white ,with a great huge top hat,she/he would have been a beauty when fully grown..rip peace little one.
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2012
  10. Fluffballs

    Fluffballs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2012
    With my chickies!
    I'm so sorry[​IMG] Don't blame yourself too much, and don't stop raising them just because of this! Hugs!

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