Dried Membrane around chick that is zipping - HELP!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by steffpeck, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. steffpeck

    steffpeck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    I have BBS Orp eggs in my bator hatching. The first egg that pipped, yesterday morning around 11:30 has zipped most of the way around. I have had 3 others hatch fine, and have 4 more pipped/zipping. The egg that is mostly zipped and that pipped yesterday morning, it is obvious that the exposed membrane is dried onto it. It appears to be stuck in the shell. I really want to take it out and moisten it, but I have all these other eggs zipping and pipping and am afraid of messing them up. What do I do?????
     
  2. bugladyleah

    bugladyleah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd help if I were you. At this point, if the membrane is stuck the chick won't be able to get out. I'd just try to be quick and keep a close eye on your other eggs to make sure they aren't stickers, either.

    Good luck!

    Leah
     
  3. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get a cup of water, microwave it for 10-15 seconds, and dip the egg in the cup for a few seconds. Be sure t keep the beak out of the water, and repeat as necessary.
     
  4. steffpeck

    steffpeck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    I quickly took it out, and helped it. It was SOOOOO stuck in there, there is no way it would have gotten out on its own. I even had a hard time getting it out. But it is out and alive. I quickly put it back in the bator to dry off, so hopefully it will be OK. And I am pretty sure that it is BLACK!!! WOOHOO!!
     
  5. kinnip

    kinnip Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    I've had to do this a couple of times (thanks LG for the great humidity control). Make sure all of the stiff goo is off the baby. I've seen everything from eyes glued shut to a wing that couldn't be moved, all from stiffened hatch goo.
     
  6. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Ugh, I have a chick with dried goo all over him, poor boy. I usually leave it be; it falls off on its own in a few days. I'd rather have them be slightly uncomfortable for a while than accidently rip their skin off in an effort to get the goo off. They sure look pitiful though.
     
  7. kinnip

    kinnip Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    If you take your time and use lots of warm water and a paper towel, their skin will be fine. Getting everything thoroughly wet is the key. Of course, you then have to make sure they don't get a chill.
     
  8. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    is the humidity high in the ncubator?
    opening it all the time will decrease the humidity
     

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