one chick and another egg with hole

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by modkevin, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. modkevin

    modkevin New Egg

    Sep 8, 2008
    i looked under my broody hen today and saw that one chick was hatched and another egg has a hole in it. the starter food is out but I am not sure how long it should take before the chick starts to eat. also, i am not sure if the chick will be safe sitting with other eggs all tucked up under her. yesterday she had a dead chick under her. also, should i try to help break the other egg open or just let it be. kate
  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    Personally, I let broody hatches take their natural course. Helping is not always the best approach and can often lead to losses that could have been prevented. Let mom do her job and things should go well. Place the food within mom's reach. She will tell her chick to go have some. Also, put water close by just in case she sits a couple extra days. After 2-3 days, removed the unhatched eggs and let mom take over with her healthy chicks.

  3. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2008
    And use very shallow pans for water, I actually use a small cookie sheet for newly hatched chicks. Jody gave very sound advice. The broodie knows best, just let her be and check on her in another day or two. Yes day or two. I know this is exciting for you but please resist the temptation to interfere.
  4. wc_tophat

    wc_tophat Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 2, 2008
    chicks dont have to drink or eat for up to three days as they eat the inside of the egg as they hatch. If one helps them out of the egg before this happens they will most often die. Moma hen knows best. I know its hard to not open the egg!!![​IMG] It can take them a whole day to hatch out and some only a short time. Good luck

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