Chick with eye closed

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cdtaylor91, Mar 24, 2017.

  1. cdtaylor91

    cdtaylor91 New Egg

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    Hi everyone. This is my first time hatching eggs. I had two babies hatch last night. When they got fluffy I moved them to the brooder this morning. They both looked fine. I left them for a couple of hours and when I came back I noticed one keeps closing it's eye. He keeps one side open, but the other closed. Both are already eating and moving around fine. I have pine shavings as the bedding. Is this something to be worried about or is it likely it's just irritated?
     
  2. Minnowey

    Minnowey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congratulations on your first hatch! I have had hciks do this before, and it seems like most of the time, that particular eye is just irrritated for one reason or another. If it's eating and drinking, and not closing both of it's eyes at once, it's probably just irritated.
     
  3. mobius

    mobius Chillin' With My Peeps

    Maybe a little squirt with distilled or boiled/cooled water from a syringe on that eye and see if it gets better...that is the most non-invasive thing I can think of....it could indeed be dust from the litter...
     
  4. cdtaylor91

    cdtaylor91 New Egg

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    I ended up wiping it with a warm cloth and he's doing fine now :) Its my first hatch so I didn't know what to expect. Thanks for the responses! Side note, I had one chick that pipped (correct term?) Yesterday evening. His beak was through the shell and breathing. When I woke up this morning I had one chick that hatched but he died in the shell :( It looked like some yellow fluid was dried around the opening. Any suggestions as to what happened?
     
  5. mobius

    mobius Chillin' With My Peeps

    SO glad chick is doing well~! Good to know that fixed it!

    As for hatching issues, consider posting a new thread...I am sure the hatchers around here (I am not one) will have an answer...
     

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