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  1. Thanks guys, I couldn't wait so I did give a helping hand about 20 mins ago...no visible veins on membrane once I had removed shell, and I didn't remove the membrane, I moistened the membrane with warm water and after about 30 seconds the chick broke free :D I put her straight back in with Sprinkle and will check to see how she's doing in a little while. I knew if I left it and the chick died I would feel terrible for not assisting. I also knew that if I broke a vessel and caused a death I would feel awful too, but reasoned that if the chick survived the birth then nature would still get to decide...if the chick is too weak to make it, then she probably won't make it through the night, but if all that was holding things up was a crushed shell, and she pulls through, then I think I will have made the right choice in helping out.


    A first for me today...I have facilitated the births of lots of baby humans, but the first (and last I hope!), time I have assisted in the birth of a baby chick!!!

  2. Hi all,

    I know I shouldn't give chicks a helping hand out of the egg, but somehow this egg got a bit dented yesterday, and I don't know if it's affected the way the chick would have naturally made its exit. Where the dent was there is now a hole, which has only got marginally bigger since this morning...at least 12 hrs since the dent became a hole. The chick is cheeping away like mad inside and the beak is poking out. I feel that I should help it a bit in case the dent in the egg has impeded its exit, but I would really like the opinions of more experienced hatchers. Today is day 24 for this egg! Below is a pic taken about 15 minutes ago:



  3. Thanks Margaret, likewise if you need any then feel free to contact me, although I think that your Wiggly wigglers supply will keep your girls going for a while :D

    If either of you would bear me in mind for future collections I would be really grateful...I'm in Crayford :D

  4. One of the hybrid eggs pipped yesterday morning, but no progress beyond that. This morning Sprinkle moved it out of the nest. It already felt cold with no evidence of life, so I opened it up to find a sleeping boy, and he had exactly the same...bag of intestines protruding through the lower abdomen. I'm glad that he didn't make it through the hatching process and fell into his permanent sleep still snuggled under Sprinkle, for our sake as much as his :(

  5. I only saw 10 minutes whilst eating my tea, the part where the cubs died and the poor mother was trying to get the cub to suckle. it did bring a lump to my throat, and a tear to my eye.


    Foxes are indiscrimate killers, and I do agree their numbers should be checked. If I was farming and the population where I was was too high then I would look to reduce it to a manageable level.

    A bit like my mice, I don't want to get rid of them all, but when they take all my feed and bedding its time for them to go back to the woods.


    Urban foxes living on our unhealthy leftovers in our overcrowded cities look ill, they are in poor condition, which says a lot for our lifestyle that they are living off! Easy access to poor quality food, with little effort, intensifies the breeding and you get more, but worse quality animals, more prone to spreading disease.


    Country foxes living well are beautiful animals.


    The foxes have a high infant mortality rate, with many not reaching adulthood, so they do have a lot to deal with.


    I agree that I wouldn't trust one, but there are plenty of badly kept dogs that I wouldn't trust around small children either. (There are plenty of small children I wouldn't trust around my dog either)


    We humans are very natural in our behaviour too, we want to eliminate everything that threatens us and ours. I don't believe that we have a right to wipe everything out though, despite our "superiority".


    We need to live and let live, if we can help then we should, and protect our own in ways that we can without causing harm to the threat.


    Its us humans that have messed up the natural balance of things, destroying habitats, disrupting the food chain, in our ever increasing need for more. We wont change though, neither will the foxes. :D



  6. Two days after the hybrid eggs went under sprinkle I also gave her some Poland eggs as none of the others had gone broody (awkward things, usually if you so much as blink they go broody, this time a week of dummy eggs and not a chance!), after initial candling she was left with 8: 5 Poland and 3 hybrid. Today is day 23 for hybrid and day 21 for Poland...and this afternoon we heard cheeping from the eggs :dance: hoping tomorrow we get a chick or two!!! :pray:

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