I've got a little guy that was snuck into my broody hen's nest the day I stopped counting and locked her up (so about two days before her eggs hatched). That batch hatched on the 1st of October. I stuck the egg in my incubator because it was already growing when I candled it and I figured why not.
It pipped yesterday and then seemed to get stuck, meaning it made a large hole about dime sized but wasn't turning. Then it started foaming out of the hole around the beak! It was as if there was too much liquid and it was blowing bubbles. I ended up helping it unzip (in stages) and stuck it back in the incubator with a wet paper towel around it (I don't like intervening usually but it turned out that it was stuck to the shell by the edge of the pipped hole- I could tell after unzipping it).
By lunch time today it had got a leg free but seemed to be stuck there for more than an hour. I took it out to check and one leg, a wing, and its head were glued to the shell and membrane. After some work with warm water and tweezers, it looked like this:
I did some reading on here and saw a lot of people mentioned the second membrane drying like cement, so I checked and sure enough it was starting to feel like it had used shellac as hairspray. Back into its warm little bath, this time with some cotton swabs. This time I got a lot of the clear membrane off its body. The problem now is the head. I can't soak it's head, obviously, and rubbing with a wet q-tip is not cutting it. It's worst around it's eyes where I really don't want to rub. Also it's beak is making a clicking noise now, like it's sticky.
So my question is- Do I leave it alone for now or try to clean it up some more?
(If anyone is curious, it should be a silkie/polish cross and we're naming it Sneaky.)