Sadness. Please help. 1st chick dead at 24 hours

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by beana1225, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. beana1225

    beana1225 In the Brooder

    Aug 5, 2008
    While back Buff got broody. Sat for a week. I was all excited. Went out a week later when I caught her eating and as you can guess. No eggs. But she went right back in to sitting. So I got my other buff egg that day and put it under her. Next day same thing. Well the first egg I found broken at about 2 weeks. But yesterday at 21 days baby chick. It was healthy and under mom. Well tonight I couldn't hear the chirping and hubby and I checked and it was dead under mom. Important note. We have a pair of bantams. And for some reason the bantam started laying eggs under buff last week. I did not know this and was on vacation. Yesterday when I checked for the chick mom had bantam eggs under her. She is still sitting. I am wondering if the sitting on the eggs is different than the way she sits on chicks (I would assume so) and if that smothered the chick. I know they keep the chicks under them but would assume they would have to let more air in for the chick than an egg. I am checking for new eggs so that no more are laid under her. We are very upset. And have to give my 8 year old an answer in the morning. And would like to have a real answer. Welcome to the world of chickens.
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2008

  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Sorry your little chick didn't make it...

    If I had a broody hen sitting on eggs, I'd move her into her own pen where I would be sure none of the other chickens would try to lay over her nest or disturb her. When there are other chickens that can get to the nest, the potential problems are compounded.

    I'm betting that having the staggered hatch confused her and she didn't know whether to brood eggs or chicks.

    Hope she'll do better on this next batch of eggs!

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