I'm so sad I just need to vent

Huny

Songster
11 Years
Nov 14, 2008
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Sunny Southern Arizona
After working so hard, trying to incubate I had 4 healthy chicks at the end of the day. I have 4 with navels that aren't closed up. The four healthy chicks were crawling and pecking at the sick ones, so I decided to put them over to the brooder. Only all my brooders are full, so I made a makeshift one. I didn't think it was too hot it was only a 75 watt bulb on a cardboard box, but 20 minutes later now, they are all dead. I can't believe I made such a stupid mistake. These guys were so healthy and vibrant, and I roasted them.

One was a Barred Buff Cochin that I have been hoping so much for. Another was a Black Rosecomb. Another I don't even know what color the initials stood for br bbr Rosecomb. And the last was a mixed breed. I have 2 sick rosecombs as of right now, and 4 sick Columbian Rocks. I am ready to just give up.
 

patyrdz

The Madd Hatcher
10 Years
Feb 26, 2009
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Southern Pines, NC
Aww I'm sorry you lost your chicks! Don't beat yourself up, everyone makes mistakes. ( we are only human) Don't give up, I know this gets you down, but you will have success with the others and fuzzybutts running all around!
 

melissastraka

Songster
10 Years
Feb 26, 2009
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Hoquiam, WA
Just worry about the ones you still have. Everyone makes mistakes and it is a learning experiance. soon you will have more then you planned on
 

onthespot

Deluxe Dozens
11 Years
Mar 29, 2008
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Riverside/Norco, CA
I am so sorry that happened. I almost cooked a marans that had hatched but was weak and i put it where I thought it was good, was gone twenty minutes and he was limp and nearly dead. I broght him back to life and he did good for a month and just tipped over dead one day for no apparent reason.
 

spook

Songster
11 Years
Apr 21, 2008
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North Central Florida
Gosh, I feel your pain, its miserable to think and feel this way.
You cannot show me a single person that hasn't had a chick drown, get cooked by the heat lamp, get stuck in panic and die, get picked to death, or trampled on.
This is nature, if you had a hen hatching (natures incubator), it could have been a fox, coon, another hen, momma didn't like the chick, it got stuck in a crack and the list goes on.
Please don't let those babies die in vain, go on the explain to your fellow 4-Hers, BYCers, and local feed store chick day the importance of checking, a thermometer and that a 25 watt bulb will heat a small area.
So sorry you had to learn the hard way - as we all have, you will not have a single person judging you.
Try to have a better day
 

Guinea Goonie

Roosting Elsewhere
11 Years
Sep 2, 2008
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32
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Peace Valley in Howell County Missouri
I remember when I roasted one of my chicks. God, i was heart broken.
Since then I am really careful and I put a good thermometer on the bottom of the brooder where the chicks are. Less heat is survivable, more is probably not.

Sorry for you loss. That does stink.
 

SoccerMomof7

Songster
11 Years
Apr 13, 2008
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Kansas
I am so sorry Huny! I think I too have killed one of m y chickys. Keep your head up, you will never make that mistake again.
 

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