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 Post subject: Malpositioned chick
PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:04 pm 
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Hi, my silkie has 13 eggs. All candled at day 9, all viable and moving.
Now its day 17. 9 healthy chicks have hatched. One is pipped but still in shell. 1 has almost fully emerged but has yolk sac attached still. 2 eggs are whole. I candled them. Egg #8 is wriggling and chirping, has small internal pips with beak in the air sac. Im hoping it will hatch overnight. Egg #12 is wriggling inside but i cant see a beak in the air sac.

So a few questions please. What do i do with yolk sac baby?
Im expecting half out baby to hatch overnight. But how long until i assist?
Egg #8 how long should i wait to see external pips?
Egg #12, what do i do??
Any other advice?
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 Post subject: Re: Malpositioned chick
PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:30 pm 
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Let nature takes its course. Often a chick hatched with its yolk sac not completely absorbed will be just fine if left alone. Sometimes that yolk sac is vulnerable to developing an infection. Your hen will generally be best left undisturbed at this stage. You have a fairly good hatch already, try not to stress over stragglers, they are a bonus if they hatch into healthy chicks. Best wishes. :-)


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 Post subject: Re: Malpositioned chick
PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:49 pm 
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I second what Cackles has said - there is nothing you can which is likely to change things and intervention is seldom successful.
The hatch is quite early, even for a Silkie so there is hope for the last eggs. Don't disturb her - their best chance is if she continues to sit.


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 Post subject: Re: Malpositioned chick
PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:44 pm 
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Thank you, she hatched 8 out of 11 eggs on day 17 last clutch too (3were duds) i was surprised all were viable this time!


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 Post subject: Re: Malpositioned chick
PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:01 am 
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Egg#8 must have hatched as she kicked the shell out. The baby with the yolk sac is fluffed and its sucked in and clean and dry. The half out baby was dried so i lubricated him up a bit and put him back under hope he gets out ok.
Egg #12 is still whole, no beak in air sac, no pips but chick is still wriggling inside.


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 Post subject: Re: Malpositioned chick
PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:44 pm 
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Egg #12 pipped last night but mumma left the nest with her 12 babies so ive brought egg #12 inside into a makeshift incubator and she's halfway hatched!


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 Post subject: Re: Malpositioned chick
PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:45 pm 
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Hope that one makes it :)

Your hen has done a goor job!

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 Post subject: Re: Malpositioned chick
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It might be an idea to put #12, whatever the stage, back under the hen tonight. If you do, be on hand first thing in the morning in case you need to rescue it again. If you can confine the hen & babies in a small area for a day or two, a weaker/later chick is less likely to be left behind. Well done so far! :-)


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 Post subject: Re: Malpositioned chick
PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:17 am 
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She was fully hatched and mostly fluffed by night time when mumma went to bed so she went back under.
This morning she is a bit wobbly but doing good. Unfortunately one of the earlier hatched chicks had passed away :( im not sure why as they all looked good yrsterday, i think she might have been squished. Makes me so sad. However 13/13eggs hatched successfully and 12 healthy chicks.


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 Post subject: Re: Malpositioned chick
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Congrats on your new chicks :)

It's sad about the one that didn't make it. Sorry to hear that.

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