Newly hatched chick care

Tiranni

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We have a bad broody that has eaten a couple of her chicks. I was able to save 1, but is newly hatched... So new that it is still wet. We don't have an incubator yet. I have raised 1 day Olds before, but have no clue what to do with this little wet baby. It's currently in a towel, on a heating pad, on my lap.

I was planning on moving it into our heated brooder once it dried in a few hours. Any input for us?
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DobieLover

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We have a bad broody that has eaten a couple of her chicks. I was able to save 1, but is newly hatched... So new that it is still wet. We don't have an incubator yet. I have raised 1 day Olds before, but have no clue what to do with this lettle wet baby. It's currently in a towel, on a heating pad, on my lap.

I was planning on moving it into our heated brooder once it dried in a few hours. Any input for us? View attachment 2184424
I think that's about all you can do. Let it dry then put it in the brooder.
Are there any other surviving eggs?
 

Tiranni

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What do you mean that she killed the other, chicks? We're they pipped and actually hatchibg before she killed them?
Yes. She pulled them apart after they hatched. It was a sad, bloody mess. This one hatched a day later and I caught her picking at it. It was out from under her, and she was pecking at it. I didn't want to chance losing this one too.
 

JacinLarkwell

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Huh. Never heard of that before. Sorry for the loss. Honestly I put them in the brooder as soon as possible. I always remove them from the incubator as soon as I won't compromise other eggs.

One of my chicks that was hatched by my hen was abandoned before it hatched and by the time I found it was already dried, and I just warmed him in my hands before I put him in the brooder so it wasn't cold to hot right away
 

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