Story of chick that wouldn't die - PIX added

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Frizzledhen, May 4, 2008.

  1. Frizzledhen

    Frizzledhen Spear Gunnin' Coons

    Feb 17, 2007
    Thursday of last week one of my broody cochins gave up on her nest. When I went out to collect eggs I found a very cold wet chick laying in the nest. I had a few words with the old biddy and put the chick under another broody. I really didn't have much hope of it surviving. There were 4 more eggs in the nest stone cold. I always open eggs that don't hatch, curiosity I guess and maybe I might learn something. The first 3 eggs had dead chicks in them and the fourth one I thought was dead too but then it moved! Now this chick had not even pipped into the air sack yet so was somewhat protected. I had taken only the top off the egg. I was not going to do anything with it but then thought what the heck and put it in an empty bator and started it up. I did put a warm wet cloth over the top of the egg. The next morning I figured I would be taking a dead chick out of the bator. But no, the chick had "hatched" sort of. It was alive but didn't seem to be very strong and just laid there on the bottom of the bator. 24 hours later I took the chick which was still alive out of the bator and put it in a small box and put the box in a brooder full of chicks. I still didn't think it would live but I was going to give it the chance. The next morning I find the little chick laying in the brooder out of the box which the other chicks had knocked over. The bigger chicks were walking all over it and I thought once again it must be dead. I pick it up and it is still alive. I gave it some sugar water with a syringe and put it in a small prebrooder box. That is when I noticed it was spraddle legged and couldn't walk. So I taped the legs with a bandaid and left it alone. A few hours later, it was up eating and drinking. I went to the coop and got its sibling, yes the cold wet chick survived. The two of them are doing great. I think I will be able to take the bandaid off the one chick tomorrow. It is getting around pretty good. I think I will name this chick Miracle. It is a bantam cochin with a will to live.
    Last edited: May 6, 2008
  2. shortcake1806

    shortcake1806 Sassy McSassington

    Sep 11, 2007
    Wow, what an amazing story. That is one tough little guy. I think Miracle suits him perfectly.
  3. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

    Jul 8, 2007
    Woodville, MS
    I like Miracle as well and I love rooting for the underdog. What a story for both chicks. You need a suitable name for the other chick as well - maybe "Blessed".
  4. shortcake1806

    shortcake1806 Sassy McSassington

    Sep 11, 2007
    I vote Wonder for the other chick.
  5. Moonwalker

    Moonwalker Songster

    Jan 9, 2008
    Washburn, MO
    It is so amazing that the ones you think have NO chance, but you just can't bring yourself to put them down. You tell yourself "I'll just make them as comfortable as possible and let them go on their own"

    I never thought little Fugly would make it and he's almost 2 weeks old now.

    One of the pullets that survived the masscacre had a puncture would in the side of her head. She was breathing, but barely, and twitching. I originally threw her on the pile of dead ones, but when it came time to put them in the trash bag, I couldn't do it. SO I put her in a brooder box with heat and a nice bed of shavings. Surprisingly, she was alive in the morning and now 10 days later, she is actually alert and learning to walk again. I am still feeding her with a syringe, but she will drink on her own and peck up a little feed.

    It is absolutely amazing how resliant they can be sometimes!

    SO don't give up on the little guy as long as he/she is giving it a good shot.

    Keep us posted!
  6. tebs78

    tebs78 Songster

    Jan 1, 2008
    can we see pics [​IMG]
  7. love-my-wolves

    love-my-wolves Songster

    Mar 14, 2008
    Front Royal, VA
    Awe, I'm glad you gave them both a chance! I'm glad they are doing good. Steph

    Oh, and as tebs said, where are the pics of the Miracle???
  8. steffpeck

    steffpeck Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    I would love to see pic's of the little ones!!
  9. Jayers

    Jayers In the Brooder

    Apr 16, 2008
    NE Illinois
    Thanks for that post, that was very uplifting!
  10. Frizzledhen

    Frizzledhen Spear Gunnin' Coons

    Feb 17, 2007
    Ok, I have a camera finally. The batteries need to be charged for 14 hours and then I will try to get pix put up of Miracle. It will be a miracle if I can figure out the camera and the putting pix in this post![​IMG]

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