Originally Posted by scflock
Originally Posted by abbevilleoz
Okay, this little guy punched out this hole about six hours ago. He got rolled over by the first hatchling so the hole was on the floor of the bator. My wife turned him a little a couple hours later. He hasn't moved since he first popped the hole out. What say ye? Oh, and Flock I didn't tell you this part she said it was sticking to the floor a little when she turned it?
What concerns me is it was sticking to the floor. If the membrane dried and stuck to its head or beak, it won't be able to continue zipping. Someone will give you better advice, but I think it involves dampening the membrane with a Qtip to free it from the chick, but that's only if it is really stuck. I'm on mobile now. Is the membrane still white, or is it turning tan and looking dry?
The sticking is the result of a slightly wet egg. Usually this will be a glossier egg, or one laid by a pullet with a thicker shell. Right now things look okay. It's critical now to keep humidity up for hatching to make things easier for this one.
Can you see the beak through the hole? If so, and it's breathing, things may still be okay. I do not like to see a chick stuck during a zip, so if it has started to rotate and all you see is a shoulder or back, you will need: a warm, humid place to work...turn on the shower in the bathroom, and get a warm very damp but not dripping cloth handy.
Dab the membrane around the opening, and pick at the shell clockwise looking from the big end. Pick a little bit at a time until you see the beak, then stop and put it back in the incubator with the damp cloth wrapped around the shell but not over the opening.
If the chick isn't stuck it should continue with the zip. If it's glued in then you will have to finish the hatch. Wait 15 minutes before proceeding if the chick doesn't get going. You'll want another warm damp cloth, best to have a bowl of warm water handy to rinse and rewarm it. If at any time you see fresh red blood or yolk between the legs (yellow), STOP, wrap, and put it back in the incubator.
Deliver, and gently wipe down the chick to get most of the sticky albumen off then get it back in the incubator to dry.
Edited by WalnutHill - 2/11/16 at 2:33pm