Originally Posted by outnabout
CC I love hearing about your chickens! This is from someone who knows nada about them.
LOL - well luck was with me last night and I didn't have to lose any sleep over these silly birds. I figured I was going to be up all night checking on the stuck chick - it was wrapped in wet paper towel, still stuck in most of it's membrane (that kept drying out and holding him in too much) and under the 60 watt bulb (the 250 was too hot for one bird). Plus, I had all this set up on my stainless steel sink counter so it can be sterilized. I ended up just peeling away most of the membrane that didn't have blood in it and left the bottom part sort of cupping his bum because if you peeked in there, he was still absorbing all of that stuff.
By 10 pm, he was inchworming around in the papertowel and by 10:30, his little umbilicus had shrunk to a tiny thread and I just held onto it while he squirmed and it broke by itself. I scooped him up, showed him to mama chicken who promptly shoved him under her body and then I went to bed.
This morning the hen was still in the box (I'm so glad she didn't decide to rearrange the furniture or raid the fridge) with 8 peeps (she's still on 4 eggs, too) and the little chick from the night before is yellow and fuzzy with two black spots on its back - happy and healthy as ever.
This is too much work. The kids keep hand feeding this hen from their dinner plates and she has made herself at home. She is so friendly b/c we (I mean THEY) are constantly petting her and playing with her babies. I can't believe I have chickens in my kitchen. It is all so crazy!