Help! Chick hatched on it's back.....

EJPedrazzi

Chirping
7 Years
Jul 24, 2012
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Salinas, CA
...... should I help it get up? It's been on it's back for a few minutes now, pulled off the umbilical cord and kicked the shell away. Should I flip it over, or wait for it on it's own time?

First ever hatch, which was unexpected as I just brought it in from the hen to the bator today!! (she crushed one of it's siblings).
 

EJPedrazzi

Chirping
7 Years
Jul 24, 2012
134
1
81
Salinas, CA
Thanks! It actually flipped itself over shortly after I posted this.

One more question - it's quite active, and trotting around all over the other eggs - should I put it in the brooder? It's pal isn't far off hatching and their chirping is encouraging each other. I don't want it to hurt itself, or push the other eggs too much....?
 

bobbi-j

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Just let them be for awhile. The hatched chick will not hurt the others. And yes, they do sometimes lay on their backs for a bit before flipping over. Hatching is hard work and they need to rest. I just leave mine alone until they are up and moving well, and all dried off.
 

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