chicks not drying well

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jtbuck, May 11, 2009.

  1. jtbuck

    jtbuck Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 29, 2009
    Had a very good hatch rate 100%. The question is the chicks are not drying in bator so put in brooder but are drying with a crust(Stiff down).
    Should I try to get off are let it go and hope it comes off??

  2. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

    Oct 16, 2008
    No don't get them wet ! The crusty fuzz will fluff out in a couple of days. Congrates !
  3. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    Quote:She is 100% right and congrats!!! [​IMG]
  4. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    why not get them wet? I have wet mine when they hatch all sticky. I dry them off really well in paper towels and keep them warm with my body heat and never had a problem. I put them under the brooder light to finish drying and they are all fluffy in about twenty minutes.
  5. Debi214

    Debi214 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2008
    Richmond, VA
    I haven't wet mine yet - they started hatching yesterday and have that sticky down on them still................they love to be rolled up into the bottom of your shirt!
  6. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    not meaning to hijack, but have a semi-related question. I had some frizzle babies hatch (10) and were doing fine. (9 days old today). Somehow during the night their waterer COMPLETELY emptied into the bottom of the brooder which was covered with newspaper. When I woke this morning, every chick was SOAKING wet and cold. I took them out of the brooder and put them on a dry towel under the dome from the incubator ( a round Lyon Turn-X). They were all cold, a few of them were completely down flat, several standing, a few wobbly, etc. I had to leave for several hours so I left them there to dry, leaving some starter crumbles with them. I got home around 8:30 or 8:45 and they were all up, milling around, and some were pecking at the crumbles. I put them back in a smaller brooder with a tiny finch "bathtub" with glass marbles for weight in the bottom. They seemed fine except for one little guy that just didn't have any energy. I used an eyedropper to dribble some sugar water with a bit of ACV in it. It perked up a tiny bit for just a minute, then laid back down. It didn't look good at all -- I picked it up and held it next to my chest, and it died within another minute or two. The others are dry, but their head feathers and some body feathers are still plastered to them. I assume they'll fluff back out in a few days. Is there anything else I can do for them? It hurt my heart to lose that poor little one, and I want the others to be safe and thrive.

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