In June I borrowed a Brinsea Octagon 20 Eco incubator my friend, Samantha, to try and save a duck(a long story for another day).
Samantha let me keep the incubator to try out after the Duckling story. I have never used one and was curious to see how well they work and whatnot.
So, in went 23 eggs for 21 days.
5 little wee ones came into the world all on their own with no issues. 2 wee babes needed some gentle coaxing.
The second to last chick couldn’t seem to open its’ eyes. I thought maybe it was blind. It isn’t unusual for Incubator chicks or genetics. I let it be for awhile thinking it just wasn’t ready…then decided to help it out. I used a moist cottonball to wipe the eyes open. It took a bit but they did stay open.
Blind? Or just not ready.
The last chick had a hard time getting out of its’ shell. It did do it on its own but I had to help a little. The albumen had dried to the wing and side of the face. This wee babe is a fighter and broke free. I gave it a gentle bath to get the albumen and shell chunks off it.
My wee fighter. You can see the albumen stuck to its beak under the eye.
During the time the incubator hummed away on my kithen counter, Miss Blitz…who is a first time Momma, sat patiently on 13 eggs. She sat 21 days and hatched out 5 chicks. All healthy and vibrant.
The next day I introduced the other 5 healthy Incubator chicks. Blitz happily accepted them.
I waited an extra 24hrs before introducing the last two wee chicks. I wanted to make sure they could handle the pecking order or Momma hens wrath.
All went well. Momma Blitz is the happy Momma of 12 wee chicks. She is very attentive to all her babes. When starts screaming she walks over amd sweeps them up against her with her wing, clucking gently and guiding them toward the rest of the group.
I will not use an incubator again unless I absolutely need to or as a way to save a chick…or Duckling.
Now I want to buy a small Brinsea incubator for just in case situations. Time to do a little searching and saving.
I will make sure to update on FB and here.