One very unusual first-time hatching story!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Z3Z4Baby, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. Z3Z4Baby

    Z3Z4Baby Out Of The Brooder

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    Only at my house could things go so crazy with a first hatch! I feel like I have learned just about everything I need to know and faced every situation possible with this hatch!

    My eggs were due to hatch on Wednesday night at 6:37 pm. I had 2 hatch on Thursday just before noon and my daughter and I got to see them hatch, 1 on Friday morning right as I woke up and one on Friday evening just as I walked in the door. It was like they waited each time until one or both of us were at the incubator! I had two that pipped and then just stopped and when I opened them, they were already deceased. I was about to take the eggs out of the incubator yesterday (Saturday) and I heard a little peep when I picked up an egg. I turned it over and there was a little pip. I quickly returned it to the incubator! I went to the Appalacian Living Festival here and when I came back, it had done nothing else. Now this is my first time incubating eggs. I have only had chickens myself since March of this year. I have read DO NOT help. However, my friend Dana who is an expert told me that 24 days into incubation, it was running out of yolk sac and it was probably weak and going to die anyway. I took my fingernail and chipped a little piece of shell away and out popped a little beak! I left it alone for about an hour and it was doing nothing. So, I carefully chipped the entire eggshell off. Then I carefully removed the outside shell membrane. Finally, I located the umbilical cord so I would know where it was. I wet my fingers in warm water and moved its little head and a foot and wing through the inner membrane and it finally pushed out. I carefully gathered up the little chick with it's umbilical cord and wrapped it in a warm towel. I began to feed it sugar water. It was so weak from the lack of yolk sac and the traumatic and cold birth. I stayed up with it until almost 2 AM and it was so weak. I fell asleep and woke up around 4:20 AM and it was up and trying to walk around. It is still a little weak acting but it is doing great! It loves to be held and is SO incredibly sweet. It is TINY....smaller than a C size battery! I got a mixture of Serama, D'Uccle, Silkie and Bantam eggs shipped to me so I have no idea what this one is. We got some really cute mixes in the 5 we got to hatch though!

    I had 10 viable eggs the week before but only 3 that I had marked as viable hatched and 2 that I had marked as NOT viable DID hatch. I dont know what happened to cause them to die, to cause 2 to die once they pipped and why it took a total of 24 days and 3 hours! I have duck eggs in another incubator right now and I am hoping for a much more smooth hatching with them!
     
  2. ninabl

    ninabl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wow thats a interesting story. posst pics of the youngins
     
  3. Z3Z4Baby

    Z3Z4Baby Out Of The Brooder

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    ninabl, I dont know how to post pics here [​IMG]
     
  4. ninabl

    ninabl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    its easy go to the blue bar above that says index, user list rules, search. etc. go to uploads. clicl it then click brows and find it on ur computer then hit submit then it will upload and show u ur pic. click one of the links right click it and hit copy. psast the link in your post and it will come up when u post it. i always use the second link
     
  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi Z3 and welcome to Byc!
    If you go up to the blue menu line at the top of the page and select uploads, then go down to choose file, it will go into your device and let you select the picture you want to upload. Let it downsize the image. Then after the image uploads, copy the image url (not the thumbnail url) and paste it into your message.
    Good luck!
     
  6. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Lol ninabel we were messaging together [​IMG]
     
  7. Z3Z4Baby

    Z3Z4Baby Out Of The Brooder

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    Our first 4 to hatch!
     
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    Z3Z4Baby Out Of The Brooder

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    You both give very good instructions! [​IMG]
     
  9. Z3Z4Baby

    Z3Z4Baby Out Of The Brooder

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    This is the baby I hatched after a nights rest and some sugar water
     
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  10. Z3Z4Baby

    Z3Z4Baby Out Of The Brooder

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    This is the baby I hatched by myself right after it was born
     
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