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Poultry and Livestock: help with incubator-type chick

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catmad
Pelzer, SC
(Zone 7b)

August 22, 2012
4:47 PM

Post #9250494

Long story short, I have a chick that last I saw as an egg under a hen, but then suddenly was being carried around by other hens like a prize "treat". I heard it screaming, and managed to retrieve the little thing, but now I don't know what to do. It's being treated as I would any new chick with a warm safe place, but this one almost looks as if it's premature. Is it possible that those horrible hens "hatched" it early, by stripping off the shell? It hadn't even uncurled, and was still wet. I've never had deal with any chick that new, so I don't know what's normal. It now appears to be dry, but eyes are closed, and it seems unable to walk. It's been about 3 hours, so not long, but I don't know the milestones. All I ever had to do before was dip beaks and scatter feed.
It does have a strong peep :)

HELP!

This message was edited Aug 22, 2012 8:03 PM
porkpal
Richmond, TX

August 22, 2012
7:04 PM

Post #9250626

I have had no experience with premature chicks. What a sad story! I hope someone can help.
green04735
Bridgewater, ME

August 23, 2012
3:35 AM

Post #9250856

Your doing what you can by keeping it warm Thats all you can do..Keep us posted
catmad
Pelzer, SC
(Zone 7b)

August 23, 2012
3:58 AM

Post #9250866

She/he is still alive. Moves around by "swimming", but doesn't seem to be able to stand.Right now tucked into the folds of a washcloth. No frantic, unhappy peeping, just an occasional chirp. I'll do more research.
Thanks for the support:)
catmad
Pelzer, SC
(Zone 7b)

August 24, 2012
9:48 AM

Post #9252205

The baby didn't wake up this morning. Probably for the best, but still sad.
green04735
Bridgewater, ME

August 25, 2012
4:15 PM

Post #9253624

So sorry,those things happen but still sad
Light_for_Jesus

(Zone 6b)

August 25, 2012
4:52 PM

Post #9253659

Even after all you've been through, you are still soft hearted Cat.
catmad
Pelzer, SC
(Zone 7b)

August 26, 2012
7:37 AM

Post #9254175

I think it has something to do with the "SUCKER" stamped on my forehead :)
porkpal
Richmond, TX

August 26, 2012
11:02 AM

Post #9254393

Sucker is just what people call you if they can't spell sympathetic, kind-hearted or humane.
catmad
Pelzer, SC
(Zone 7b)

August 26, 2012
2:49 PM

Post #9254565

:)

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