Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by EricaVaughn, Mar 8, 2015.

  1. EricaVaughn

    EricaVaughn In the Brooder

    Mar 6, 2015
    I have a chick that just hatched and he's feathers are all stuck together he's dried off but his feathers are all clumped up, I don't know if its normal or what to do.
  2. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

    Oct 11, 2014
    Gouverneur, NY
    It sounds like sticky chick which points to humidity issues. You can leave it like that and it won't hurt or take a warm wet washcloth and rub the area to get the "stickiness" off and it should dry a bit fluffier. Just make sure that you don't keep him out from under the brooder light too long that he catches a chill.
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    It sounds as if the chick has hatched with some albumen (egg white) on or sticky chick. This will stop the chick from fluffing up correctly. You can gently clean it off with warm water as long as you don't let the chick get a chill. Here are some causes of sticky chicks
    Sticky" chicks - chicks smeared with albumen

    - Low incubation temperature.
    - High incubation humidity.
    - Incorrect or inadequate turning of the eggs, resulting in improper membrane development and function.
    - Eggs stored too long prior to setting.
    - Overly large eggs.
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  4. EricaVaughn

    EricaVaughn In the Brooder

    Mar 6, 2015
    ok thank you

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