Originally Posted by cedarcovefarm
Great job! I used a little antibiotic ointment per some of the forums (not the kind with pain relief) to keep the membrane moist. You will probably have to help the chick out at this point. If the membrane is not bloody, continue to help peel away a little at a time. Mine had a lot of really thick jelly like membrane and I was scared I caused damage but it's alive and well. I've heard if they're malpositioned you may have to help it until it's completely out and put it back in the Bator to dry. Also Give some electrolyte after its in the brooder. Hope it's doing well!!
Thank you for the advice! I should be at work but i took some PTO to figure out this baby chick. I left it in the incubator in that half shell state all night but it didnt budge an inch. So I started peeling again. I peeled as much of the shell off as i could. Where there was drips of fresh blood and i did not proceed at those areas. I held the egg in my hand with tissues so i could quick stop any blood leaks.
Well it was a very sad sight to see the chick, even though now completely 'free' not have any energy to kick or peep out at me or even open his eyes. Just laid there in that open shell, eyes closed, lethargic. I really started to feel like it was a lost cause. I put her in the bator and re-moistened the humidity cloths and just waited.
Well about 20 minutes go by, and i start hearing excited peeping. I check the bator and the chick finally is kicking around! YES! But the eyes are not open yet. I can see the eyeball moving underneath but the lids aren’t opening. I did a quick google search and one cause of eye lids not opening is... low humidity! Which is the exact situation i am dealing with with these Brown welsummer eggs. Even more time passed and she is acting frantic. (the other egg hatched with issues while on teh phone with wellsfargo, now that was interesting to ask the representative to 'hold on' while i qtip the dried out shell membranes, ha)
So i ran some warm/hot tap water and took that chick, wrapped my fingers under adn around her body, neck and head to support, and dunked her Up to her Neck into the warm water. I then used a qtip and dabbed warm water over her eyes. THEY OPENED! :) she is now in the bator, very energetic, peeping like mad, pecking at things and pretty much acting like she is late for the party. That sticky gooeyness that you mentioned was caked on her body really yucky like. Much like drying glue! The little hot bath i gave her really has her looking like a new hatchling!
here she is in the incubator, high humidity is making the windows foggy. But i think she is good to go. a foot dosesnt look complete straight, but i know how to straighten those toes out. yay, hopefully i come home to a still thriving baby welsummer :)
whew. what a start to my weekend. I am going to need 2 full days of recovery. But finally my staggered hatch is over. its been 6 days of a hatchlings arriving and im ready to find an egg big enough to hide into for 21 days. lol. this was surely a learning experience.
Edited by luvmigirls - 10/9/15 at 8:17am