Emergency!! Newborn Chick!! Help :/

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SterlingAcres, May 29, 2008.

  1. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    So some of you know, I had to assist a chick getting out of it's shell. It was VERY dry. So when the next one pipped, I waited a good 12+ hours and nothing happened. I opened the air cell a little further, it too was drying up!... I covered it with a wet rag and after 4 hours (while I was in NJ) it crawled out on it's own...

    My emergency is...
    It's not fluffing. It's drying. Crusty and hard. It's still attached by a small clear strand to the eggs membrane. I didn't want to touch it, so I soaked it's feathers with warm water and stuck it in a box inside my brooder directly under the lamp, so it stays warm.

    Here's a picture... What should I do? I've never had this happen to me before and I don't want the poor thing to die. It's chirping up a storm and trying to stand on it's own... I'm just concerned about the crusting issue and it's umbilical (?) cord?

    I also posted this to the emergency section, but I NEED HELP FAST!

  2. chickenlady

    chickenlady Songster

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    When I had a sticky messy chick, I used a cotton ball with warm water and slowly cleaned the whole chick. Once all the sticky membrane was off, I dried with a small towel and put under heat lamp. Dried nice and fluffy.
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Yep, wet cotton ball or moist towel. Sounds like your humidity was too high for the first 18 days and not high enough for the last three. Best of luck!

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