help:-( chicks not fluffing up.

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amandap

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Hi guys!
This is the first time we have hatched chicks with our incubator and we were able to hatch 5. Unfortunately two were born with a red, bloody sac on their rear and one of them passed away this morning:-(. I moved them from the incubator to the brooder about 12-24 hours after they hatched and they are still very gooey looking. Does that mean they are not healthy? I'm worried that they aren't going to make it! Any suggestions you can give me would be SO appreciated. Thank you!!!
 

sumi

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You will have to clean the babies up if they're still covered in "goo". Use cotton wool and warm (not hot) water. Wipe from the head backwards and try not to soak them or pull any fluff out. Make sure the little ones don't get cold. Work under or near the heat lamp (if you're using one).
Are they active? Eating/drinking yet?
 

California_chickie

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I agree with Sumi, and it's soooo important that they stay warm. The 4 of them should be huddled together, but they need that heatlamp!
If they are still really wobbly, and not dry then I would wait a little bit longer before getting too worried. I have had chicks that take a long time to fluff up, and don't move as quickly as they should but they pull through-- these little guys are pretty resilient. If they are eating and moving about, just give them electrolyte enhanced water (sav-a-chick, etc) and try not to stress out too much!
Good luck!
 
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