assisted hatch, chick is crusty, not fluffy :(

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by lux_interior, Jun 22, 2009.

  1. lux_interior

    lux_interior Songster

    Apr 28, 2009
    Yesterday at about 3 am.... I ended up assisting an egg with it's hatching.... It's membrane had dried and it was stuck in the shell. I was sure it would die without my help, which is why I intervened.

    Anyway, the chick seems to be doing well, it's in a brooder with the only other one that hatched so far... however, it's not fluffy at all. It's been out for like 30 hours, and it's definitely dry, but it seems to have crusty membrane stuff dried and stuck to it....

    so my question is, what do i do? Can I try to take a warm washcloth and gently clean it off??
  2. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    I would take a warm, wet washcloth and try to get some of it off, little by little. Make sure you keep him under the heat lamp, you wouldn't want him to get chilled. I have one that had crusty stuff on his back, I cleaned it gently and he fluffed right up!
  3. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    I have the helping sicknes bad . . . I just use a warm damp washcloth after i put them in the brooder and they fluff right up.

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