can anyone help we are new to hatching chicks

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by andien, May 21, 2010.

  1. andien

    andien New Egg

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    We are new to incubating and hatching chickens, this is our first time so...we had a hopefully girl yesterday get stuck 1/3 the way in her shell after hours she was becoming very weak and was truly stuck. I seemed the moisture was not sufficient even though we are running at about 64% low to 70% high on the humidity.

    I helped her out a bit cracking the shell just a little letting her get out the rest of the way...after hours in the incubator a portion of the shell was stuck to her wing and upper back. Last night we decided to re-moisten the shell and membrane holding it to her and remove it. It came off very easily and now today I noticed no feather in a small location with her skin a little red and irritated...Should I put something on her skin to re-moisten it? She seams happy is eating and drinking today in the brooder, is just a little smaller than the rest that were all hatched about the same time!

    Thank you in advance for any knowledge you can pass our way.
     
  2. shellybean40

    shellybean40 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am also new, but I think as long as no one is pecking at it, it should be fine. I am watching 18 eggs in my incubator as we type!![​IMG]
     
  3. calicokat

    calicokat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    azalia, indiana
    Also new here, but if little ones do start to peck at it I've read that switching to a red brooder bulb helps stop it. They can't see the red spot on the chick as easily that way, so they'll leave it alone.
     
  4. shellybean40

    shellybean40 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so smart! great idea-I will have to remember that one.
     

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