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Bridgewater, ME

April 12, 2012
9:17 AM

Post #9079647

This little silklie almost went to the compost pile,I had a broody that hatched out two and she was sitting on four more eggs and finally yesterday she gave up.I thought well she knows what she is doing they must be dead because I had candled.So I started throwing them in the poop bucket and noticed that two of them had shrink wraped ,the shell was almost gone and all that was left was the white dryed stuff.So I looked at them and there was no movement so I tossed them and the others.I started to the compost pile and thought I could here peeping but I have heard so much of it latley with all the babies in the house and the coop thought I was hearing things.But I kept hearing it so I checked the eggs again and one was peeping,it had poop all over it and the shell was really cracked bad from being tossed in there,but I just could not throw a live baby away,SOOOO I ran in the house and got out my 20.00 little yellow bator that not good for anything but keeping them warm and put it in there.I waited for a few hours and it still could not get out of that shrink wrap thing so I took it out and peeled away most of the shell and started to pull back some of the membrane and it started to bleed so back in the bator it went and I waited for a couple more hours and tried again and still there was a little blood so back in it went,had the hummidity way up there but that membrane was like cement.I could see its little beak moving so I knew it was still alive,so after prayer meeting at my church(I said a little prayer to myself for it)I took it out again and was able to pull all that membrane off it and no blood that time,so it was free,it stayed in the bator all night to dry off and I made it a box with heat lamp this morning.As soon as I know it will eat and drink it will go out in the coop under the mama at night with it siblings,probably in a couple days.I am thankful for a little yellow bator it has helped at least 4 chicks with porblem hatch,but it has always been the last day or two before they would have hatched on there own.Will keep you updated on the little thing,he or she is all black.

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Richmond, TX

April 12, 2012
11:49 AM

Post #9079810

Good job! What a lucky little chick!
Mooresville, NC
(Zone 7b)

April 13, 2012
8:48 AM

Post #9080871

What a good story. You must have extreme satisfaction knowing you were able to save the little thing. I know I would.
Bridgewater, ME

April 13, 2012
2:11 PM

Post #9081231

Here I am,I think I might be a blue.Thought maybe I could go out tonight and get under my mama but not yet for sure tomorow night,I just started eating and drinking and I`m a lot stronger today.
Bridgewater, ME

April 13, 2012
2:14 PM

Post #9081241

Forgot to put my picture in

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Conroe, TX

April 13, 2012
6:10 PM

Post #9081532

awwww that sweet baby was lucky you heard it and saved it.
Bridgewater, ME

April 14, 2012
5:19 PM

Post #9082621

Went out tonight under mama,will get up early in the morning and see if everything went will.he was talking to it when I left tonight.
Bridgewater, ME

April 15, 2012
2:32 AM

Post #9082955

Doing great
Bridgewater, ME

April 15, 2012
4:43 PM

Post #9083832

Can you see him or her getting under the mama?Wrong mama but who cares as long as she keeps him or her warm,sone great out in the coop,stayed under the heat lamps a lot but towards the end of the day it was following the other chicks around and comming when the mothers clucked to there chicks,all the mothers seem to like it noone picked on it.Silkies are so good that way,they are the best mothers.

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Eatonton, GA
(Zone 8b)

April 16, 2012
9:51 AM

Post #9084708

Im so happy that you saved this one! It looks like it maybe the prettiest one ever!

(Zone 6b)

April 19, 2012
5:30 PM

Post #9089443

Yes, what a precious baby. :) Thanks for sharing Green.

I have hatched out a few eggs and am always so hesitant about destroying them. The last batch wasn't difficult because I could hear the liquid swoosh around in them, like an egg full of water is the only way I know to describe it. Guess the methane gas had built up in them too, because when I actually TOSSED them they exploded. Stink bombs, just like in the movie about Wilber the pig.

Bridgewater, ME

April 20, 2012
3:23 AM

Post #9089794

Its doing very well out in the coo,so little thought

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