Why did my chickie die?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Betty1, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. Betty1

    Betty1 In the Brooder

    Jul 8, 2013
    Cornwall, United Kindom
    This morning I found another chick hatched, but it was attached to the shell by a weird gloopy lump. I thought it would get better if I left it, but when I got home it was dead![​IMG]It had a red lump on it's bum and there was more red stuff on the straw. Any idea what happened? It was hatched by a broody hen. I just want to know if there's anything I can do in the future!

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
  3. Betty1

    Betty1 In the Brooder

    Jul 8, 2013
    Cornwall, United Kindom
    Thanks didn't find what I needed but some very useful information for next time
  4. Sylverfly

    Sylverfly Songster

    Apr 29, 2009
    Northeastern Michigan
    Sorry about your little chick. [​IMG]

    I've had that happen before, and I have an idea as to why it happens, but its only my personal thoughts no actual facts to back it up.

    I think sometimes either a chick is too big and is really cramped, or either gets freaked out and hatches early after hearing its nest mates peeping and hatching around it. I think they think the others are all hatched and the mother will leave the nest before they are out so they hatch too fast. They haven't absorbed all the yolk and their blood veins outside of them are still pumping. And the chick just pushes and hatches too soon, then they seem to still be attached to a piece of the shell which it catches on something and damages the chick or the sharp edges actually cut the chick or stuff attaching it to the shell and it bleeds to death or something.

    If I see this happen in the incubator, its one of the few times I'll open it during lock down. I remove the chick and break the shell so it not jagged and smaller, don't rip any veins with blood in them though. Then I put the wet chick in another incubator or close to a heat bulb on padded flooring of some sort. Sometimes it works and the chick absorbs whats outside/or stuff dries up and falls off and the chick can rejoin its siblings. Sometimes they are horribly weak for a few days, and are fine after, and sometimes they don't make it.

    The only thing you can try with a natural hatch to prevent that would be to make sure none of the eggs were laid into the nest after the hen starts sitting, and that they are rotated right by the hen. You want them all developing at the same rate.

    Just my personal thoughts and maybe we aren't talking about the same thing even, but it sounded similar to me. There really wasn't anything you could have done to prevent it from turning out that way, sometimes they just don't all make it.
  5. mollychick2013

    mollychick2013 Chirping

    Apr 23, 2013
    Thats what happened with ours today. Exactly what you described. She didnt make it either. :( Sorry for your loss

  6. mstricer

    mstricer Crowing

    Feb 12, 2009
    Love your avatar [​IMG]
  7. Chase Family

    Chase Family In the Brooder

    Jun 19, 2013
    Sad to say that is what happened to our today too. Very sad it was only the second chicken that we have ever hatched. Hugs to everyone that lost a baby chick today.
  8. Betty1

    Betty1 In the Brooder

    Jul 8, 2013
    Cornwall, United Kindom
    Thanks everyone Sylverfly that does sound exactly like what happened. I think your right. Sorry for all the little chickies that died.
  9. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Crowing

    Feb 12, 2013
    Eastern WA
    chicks born with their belly buttons out can survive. they do need to be extra warm, I have heating pads or hand warmers near by. if they are connected to the shell, I try and keep the chick and the shell together as long as possible. I sometimes put a chick in a bootie sock till they are all absorbed.

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