Live baby inside broken egg!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by BCollie, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. BCollie

    BCollie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey all. I have two silkies who have been sitting on a nest for about a month. They have two chicks, and decided that their remaining eggs weren't going to hatch & abandoned the nest today. The eggs were cold and scattered around in the dirt. I decided to check the eggs just to be sure they were dead before tossing them. One of the eggs was sloshy when I shook it, so I just discarded that one. The other egg felt "full" so I cracked it at the air sack and gently peeled back the shell. I saw a chick wrapped in it's membrane, with veins around it, but not moving at all. A little blood came out, as the shell caught the membrane when I peeled it back. I figured the chick was a late quitter, but I was wrong - it wiggled inside it's shell, and again when I gently touched it. It's alive! I have never actually found a live chick inside the eggs that I check (I always check eggs before discarding them, just to be sure). I don't know if it's going to survive, especially considering it bled and & still has veins around it. I put a warm, damp gauze over the broken area of the shell to help retain moisture, and am warming up my incubator right now. I will put the egg in there with the gauze over it, and hope for the best. I don't expect it'll survive, but is there anything I can do to help improve it's odds? On the off chance that it does make it, when should I expect it to emerge from the shell?

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  2. BCollie

    BCollie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Six hours later...I just quickly pulled the egg out of the bator to check if the baby was alive or not - hopes were not up. Picked up the egg, removed the gauze covering, and looked inside. The baby wiggled - it's still alive! I dampened the gauze a bit more then replaced it over the top of the egg, and put it back in the incubator. I really hope this little baby survives.
     
  3. wamtazlady

    wamtazlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll be watching the progress
     
  4. BCollie

    BCollie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll be sure to keep this thread updated. [​IMG]



    Still more than willing to take suggestions as to help improve this babies chances of survival, if anyone has any!
     
  5. BCollie

    BCollie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    8 hours after opening the egg - chick is still alive, and I just replaced the gauze(which had some blood on it) with a clean, damp, folded up paper towel. The membrane was also looking a little dry in one place. I put a single, small drop of water on the dry area & that seemed to rehydrate it well. I'm headed to bed now - hopefully, the morning will bring some good news. [​IMG]
     
  6. jaymejojos

    jaymejojos Out Of The Brooder

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    What's the news?!
     
  7. BCollie

    BCollie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Baby didn't make it, unfortunately. :( I woke up the next morning and it was no longer moving. Very sad, but I can't say I was surprised.
     

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